‘A Marginally Unknown Rapper’

Before he gained fame, MGK was the subject of Wesley Lowery’s savvy prediction and critical ear


Former Shakerite EIC Wesley Lowery (’08) predicted wide success for Machine Gun Kelly in this 2007 mixtape review. Lowery, who has won two Pulitzer Prizes, published a profile of MGK, “the most famous person” in his graduating class, today in GQ Magazine.

Wesley Lowery (’08) was chief editor of The Shakerite when he wrote this review of a Machine Gun Kelly mixtape in 2007. Lowery and Colson Baker, known professionally as MGK, were classmates.

Lowery, now a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is known best for his part in the Washington Post’s investigation of unreported police shootings of unarmed citizens and for his book, “They Can’t Kill Us All,” which documents the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Among other pursuits, Lowery now works for CBS’ 60 Minutes and publishes profiles in GQ Magazine. His profile of Machine Gun Kelly was published today and references The Shakerite review, which appears below. The Nov. 26, 2007 Shakerite Limelight page also features a Q and A with MGK by Limelight Editors Kelsey DeForest and Simone Duval (’08).

Lowery predicted classmate Colson Baker, who performs under the name Machine Gun Kelly, would become prominent in the Cleveland rap scene. MGK has gone to international fame.

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