(Los Angeles, CA) – EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope recording artist MGK struck victory again this year winning the coveted mtvU “Breaking Woodie” Award given to the best emerging artist, besting A$AP Rocky, Fun., The Weeknd, Meek Mill, Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea and others, at the “2012 mtvU Woodie Awards” which took place during the SXSW Music Festival last week. This is MGK’s second win with the network after being voted MTV News’ 2011 “Hottest Breakthrough MC” of the year. The Woodie Award win comes days before MGK releases his Half Naked & Almost Famous EP on Tuesday, March 20th and sets out on a record-breaking “2012 Hostile Takeover” tour with Strange Music artist Tech N9ne. With 90 performances in 99 days, the “2012 Hostile Takeover” tour is the longest consecutive run in rap history.
MGK is thrilled to be releasing the EP to his fans. “We recorded the Half Naked EP and my upcoming Lace Up album in the basement of a friend’s house in Cleveland,” states MGK. “We only dreamed of the Lace Up Movement coming this far in such a short amount of time. I want to thank everyone that has supported and helped me get to this point. It’s only the beginning, so Lace the F*** Up!”
The Half Naked & Almost Famous EP features MGK’s smash single “Wild Boy” that spawned a #1 voted BET 106 and Park music video. While at SXSW last week, MGK filmed a music video for the remix version of the track featuring electrifying artists 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Mystikal, French Montana and Yo Gotti. The video also features MTV Jackass celebrity Steve-O who is referenced to on the original track. The remix music video will premiere in the coming weeks.
MGK’s song “Invincible”—available at all digital retailers—also captured multiple wins this year. It was selected by both Verizon Wireless as the backdrop for the HTC Rezound 3G smartphone campaign and by the WWE as a theme song to Wrestlemania XXVIII. As part of MGK’s partnership with the WWE, he appeared on USA Network’s WWE Monday Night Raw on March 12th when it filmed in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. As well, he will make an appearance at Wrestlemania XXVIII on April 1st in Miami, FL.
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Beats Audio Verizon Commercial Featuring MGK’s “Invincible”