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Rapper Machine Gun Kelly Arrested In Brawl After St. Petersburg Concert

By William McGuinness
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Mug shot of Richard Colson Baker. (credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Department)

Mug shot of Richard Colson Baker. (credit: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department)

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St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa Bay) — Richard “Kelly” Colson Baker, better known as Machine Gun Kelly, was arrested early Monday on charges of brawling following a weekend performance.

The 22-year-old rapper from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and rising star on P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records label spent four hours in jail before his release on cash bond.

St. Petersburg police said several fights were underway at 3:00 a.m. Sunday when they arrived at the Bishop Tavern and allege that Baker — the son of missionaries — had thrown a bottle.

Following his release, Baker took to Twitter and announced news of his arrest to fans, adding “[emotions] escaladed way to quick last night, it always does with us though.”

He added that he saw a silver lining to his position behind bars.

“The weirdest part of it was how many inmates in there knew who I was and knew about the movement,” he added.

Other tweets detail injuries to his ankle and groin during the mix-up and mention that a member of his act, DJ Xplosive, was treated and released from the hospital.

His manager, Andre Cisco, was arrested on the same charges and was alleged by witnesses to have instigated the fight, according to St. Petersburg police.

Baker’s nickname comes from a rapid-fire, clipped delivery style said to sound similar to the chattering of the original Machine Gun Kelly’s namesake weapon.

In March, Baker will start a 90-city, 99-day tour.

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