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Rapper's performance at Microsoft Store event cut short after destruction of several PCs

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A wild performance by Cleveland-based rapper Machine Gun Kelly, a.k.a. MGK, at a Microsoft retail store in Atlanta ended abruptly after the artist jumped on showroom tables, smashing a number of expensive laptops.

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Only a minute and a half into his act, MGK's mic was cut after multiple requests from store staff to get off the floor displays went unheeded, reports allhiphop.com (via Kotaku). The pleas only exacerbated the situation, as the rapper flashed the middle finger to employees, improvising the following lyrics into his rap:

?Suck my [redacted], I?m up in this mother[redacted]. MGK in this [redacted]. [Redacted] these computers.?

Warning: Strong language.



Following the incident, Microsoft was quick to note the rapper wasn't hired by the store, but by hip-hop magazine The Source for the publication's Power 30 Issue. While true, the computing giant did allow the MC to perform in-store, a promotional tool sometimes used by Microsoft to drum up interest for retail outlet grand openings.

Most recently, recording artist Flo Rida was hired to perform at an Orlando Microsoft Store in August, while The Black Keys opened a Seattle location and Lenny Kravitz played for a store in Westchester. Last week's snafu, however, is most likely not the kind of exposure the company is seeking.

With its brick-and-mortar storefronts, Microsoft is looking to replicate the financial success enjoyed by Apple's retail division, often opening Apple Store lookalikes near the Cupertino company's existing outlets.
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Microsoft: We're 'hip', 'cool', and 'with it'. Now get off our lawn.™

 

But seriously, I take their side on this, of course. The kid doesn't have much of a place in society with that attitude, much less a Microsoft Store.

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LOL
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He did them a favor.
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"Store patrons knew things were going to go awry when MGK yelled "DJ, spin that sh**" and a store employee began booting up the Surface Tablet..."
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I like how in the video, from what I saw, the patrons taking video of his performance were using iPhones.

 

This whole strategy of having musical acts at store openings is a little misplaced.  At Apple stores, the lines are for the products.  How many people in line for the Microsoft stores are there for the products vs. to see Lenny Kravitz or Flo Rida?
 

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He did them a favor.

No.. he is trash.. he deserves to be exterminated. that's it.

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No.. he is trash.. he deserves to be exterminated. that's it.

Couldn't agree more.
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LOL
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Microsoft: We're 'hip', 'cool', and 'with it'. Now get off our lawn.™

But seriously, I take their side on this, of course. The kid doesn't have much of a place in society with that attitude, much less a Microsoft Store.

I don't know why, but somehow this guy reminds me of Steve Ballmer.

They could do a "pas de deux" during the next M$ keynote.
Edited by Rabbit_Coach - 10/3/12 at 2:48pm
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No.. he is trash.. he deserves to be exterminated. that's it.

Oh hush.


I've done worse to PCs(and they deserved it).
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No.. he is trash.. he deserves to be exterminated. that's it.

Pretty much this
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Maybe Apple secretly hired The Source to hire MGK to wreck... uhm... I mean "perform at" the Microsoft Store? 1smile.gif

MGK is nothing but white trash. The rap industry in general - especially "gangsta rap" is more like a skid-mark of the music industry.

I just don't get why lyrics that contains foul words like "M----rF----er", Ho, B!tch, D!ck, P-$$y, F#-K, $h!t, N(word), etc. and all the while grabbing their crotch and holding their pants up, can even qualify as "music"???
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I never even heard of this guy until today.  I didn't know he was white until I clicked the article.  

LOL. You don't say...
Edited by Postulant - 10/3/12 at 2:53pm
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Now, I know Microsoft has gone into the deep dark depths of Hell.  This is just low class white trash rapper crap.  Well, that's what happens when you get involved with human garbage.  Keep it up Microsoft, your company will just end up selling to losers.   As they say, birds of a feather flock together.

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Originally Posted by Rabbit_Coach View Post
I don't know why, but somehow this guy reminds me of Steve Ballmer.
They could do a "pas de deux" during the next M$ keynote.

 

 

"Now lemme drop on down some news for ya,

Ol' Microsoft is gonna cruise with ya, yo,

Developin' is all up in the house,

{expletive redacted} all your fruits, how do ya like these apples?!

 

 

MC Ballmer and MC Gates,

Visual Basic, not the UNIX 'make'!

Gettin' greedy wit' da Microsoft flow,

But our new interface is not called 'Metro'!"

 

 

*Gates beatboxes while Ballmer busts some moves, seams, and world human sweat records*

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'Smashing a number of expensive laptops', I thought Apple products were the only expensive computers out there? Word...

I like the warning AI gave for "Strong Language". Who here could understand the guy?

What are they equal to?

MGK = PoS

MS = PoS (trick question)

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First of all, who really thinks of Microsoft being connected to music? It was and still is Apple that made the connection between music and computers/iPods (iPod being the Kleenex of music players). Microsoft is late to the game and misguided in what they're doing trying to use "artists" like this bozo to bring people into their stores.

Maybe they should try getting their hardware manufacturing "partners" to step up and start making products that people want to buy - that people line up for.
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I think the guy looks a little like Captain America before they gave him the serum.

 

 

Tallest Skil, that's the funniest thing I've ever seen on here.  Love MC Gates and MC Ballmer at the mics.

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Give him a reward for putting those Windows boxes out of their misery...

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It is amazing how disconnected Microsoft has become. Whether you love it or hate it, Apple has managed to create a coherent identity for itself. Meanwhile MS manages to simultaneously perpetuate a split personality that is one-half stodgy corporate boredom, while the other half is a schizophrenic, wanna-be hipster. If the "I'm a Mac" campaign reflected the message of this video, John Hodgman would pull out a Glock a pop a cap into Justin Long.
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Can't wait for the small claims court case against DJ Deuce here.

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

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Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

GOA

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Most Microsoft launch events suck so I'm not surprised.

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"Now lemme drop on down some news for ya,
Ol' Microsoft is gonna cruise with ya, yo,
Developin' is all up in the house,
{expletive redacted} all your fruits, how do ya like these apples?!




Love it!

LOL
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The look on his face in that promo photo...

The same look of confusion I saw in my high school algebra class on every person that failed.
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That was hilarious. Est 1990, b!tches!

 

Sigh, he was born after I graduated high school ...

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No.. he is trash.. he deserves to be exterminated. that's it.

 

Should we kill everyone who produces music you don't like?

 

They've hit the top 100 and are signed by Interscope Records. That takes a lot of dedication that you don't find in someone you'd call "trash".

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Microsoft: We're 'hip', 'cool', and 'with it'. Now get off our lawn.™

But seriously, I take their side on this, of course. The kid doesn't have much of a place in society with that attitude, much less a Microsoft Store.
Absolutely. However, Microsoft let him perform. Why? The only answer is that nobody who works for Microsoft had a clue what they were getting into, and BIng clearly did not return the proper search results to inform them that they were making a bad decision.

This is 100% Microsoft's problem, and they deserve to learn the hard way ... As usual.
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This is 100% Microsoft's problem, and they deserve to learn the hard way ... As usual.

 

An elevated stage without computers on it would have been a good start.

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Somewhere I heard he was Steve Balmer's favorite vocalist.

Such a pity.
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Edited by MacRulez - 1/22/13 at 7:05am
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The look on his face in that promo photo...
The same look of confusion I saw in my high school algebra class on every person that failed.

And why do they need a flash? He is so white that all I could see was his face and tatoos.  Nice map icons on him though.  I think they're directions on how to get him home.

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Maybe Apple secretly hired The Source to hire MGK to wreck... uhm... I mean "perform at" the Microsoft Store? 1smile.gif
MGK is nothing but white trash. The rap industry in general - especially "gangsta rap" is more like a skid-mark of the music industry.
I just don't get why lyrics that contains foul words like "M----rF----er", Ho, B!tch, D!ck, P-$$y, F#-K, $h!t, N(word), etc. and all the while grabbing their crotch and holding their pants up, can even qualify as "music"???

 

When people aren't talented enough to do anything creative, such as sing.. :D

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Somewhere I heard he was Steve Balmer's favorite vocalist.
Such a pity.

 

A lot of old ultra-conservative types like rap, and those that don't are fans of heavy metal.  That tells you a lot both about old conservatives as well as the music. 

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Should we kill everyone who produces music you don't like?


Why not? We don't mind killing people who look different than we do. Or those who choose to worship different. Or those whose sexual orientation we don't agree with...

Yep. Seems about right.
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Being an old fuddy duddy myself I might normally agree with you.  But in this case it was Microsoft themselves that hired him, and they hired him knowing he calls himself "Machine Gun Kelly".  What exactly did they think would happen?  That he'd break out in a rendition of "Moon River"?

 

They've gone mad in Redmond, and they're suffering for not seeking treatment.  We can't make them go to rehab, but the center's open whenever they choose to go.

Reread, Microsoft didn't hire him. But they did let him perform by proxy.

 

 

I'm surprised the magazine wanted this to begin with. Lenox Mall in Buckhead is uptown in the business district and not exactly this guy's demo...There's an Apple store on the next level around the corner too.

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post #37 of 128

Quite the metaphor for the company as a whole.

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Edited by MacRulez - 1/22/13 at 7:04am
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Dear Microsoft:

 

"Cool" and "hip" (read: culturally relevant) have to do with a company's "culture", that is, their philosophy about how everyday *people* are supposed to relate to technology. The philosophy permeates and is reflected in every aspect of the company's operations and products.  

 

That's the "culture" that is behind and in such a company's products. 

 

You never really had any. And what you *do* have is overwhelmingly negative. And you can't create it overnight, when, since your inception, you did your very best (perhaps unwittingly - because you're stupid) to cultivate the complete opposite. It's too late. 

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Should we kill everyone who produces music you don't like?

 

They've hit the top 100 and are signed by Interscope Records. That takes a lot of dedication that you don't find in someone you'd call "trash".

what does it have to do with music?  This guy wasn't doing music.. he was doing performance.

 

Of course really since music is art, anything can be considered music, so I guess its music...  I can also call flatulence music too.

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