By Katelyn Massarelli
What started with a tweet in 2012 turned into a battle between Rap God and newly acclaimed Rap Devil. Up and coming rapper Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) tweeted about Hailie, decorated rapper Eminem’s daughter, six years ago. At the time of the tweet she was 16 years old and MGK was 22.
MGK tweeted, “ok so I just saw Eminem’s daughter… and I have to say she is hot as fuck, in the most respectful way possible cuz Em is king.”
The tweet came back to haunt him when Eminem released his Kamikaze album. Eminem name-drops him for the tweet in “Not Alike.” MGK used the opportunity to call out an all-time great for some extra views.
MGK released “Rap Devil” soon after Kamikaze released. From eating Chipotle out of a cheap paper bowl to swinging a black shovel around, MGK throws shade while bringing up just about every reason the Rap God rises above him everyday on the charts.
Shortly after hearing the record, Eminem went to the studio and released his diss track “Killshot” in response to MGK’s.
So let’s talk about it. MGK doesn’t begin to level up to the GOAT of the rap game. He even admits it in Rap Devil. Eminem’s simplistic style brings out his complex lyrics that pulls the trigger on MGK. MGK woke the giant who unleashed meticulously thought out lyrics that brought down his short-lived notoriety.
From Man Buns to lethal injections, Eminem managed to give MGK a career and destroy it all in less than a month and reminded fans why we loved him to begin with. He discredited “Rap Devil” by bringing up MGK’s lyrics and references.
Clearly, this shows MGK’s lack of experience and overall admiration for Eminem. Next time he wants to diss a rapper, maybe diss someone his own size in the charts. Eminem doesn’t even begin to level out with the low ranked rapper. MGK admits more than once how much Eminem inspired his own career and if you’re going to diss him, at least have better insults that will offend him.
Take a seat MGK and take notes. Eminem doesn’t provide compliments in anyway nor does he care. His lyrics and tone on “Killshot” come off comedic, he almost finds it funny that he has to respond. Nonetheless, he delivers a track true rap fans haven’t been given in a while.
MGK released his nine song EP titled Binge which included “Rap Devil,” clearly taking advantage of the notoriety fresh off the feud with Eminem. He stated in an interview with Power 105.1 radio show “The Breakfast Club” that he had another song ready to release before Eminem released “Killshot.”
“I had a clip ready,” MGK said. “I heard ‘Killshot’ and I put that shit back in the holster. This wasn’t on my path anyway.”
MGK said on the show he was offended by Eminem calling him a “mumble rapper,” a term used to depict the younger generation of rappers who show up on Soundcloud with indecipherable lyrics.
No matter whose side you’re on, it’s undeniable that the battle of the disses between MGK and Eminem brings us back to the better days of rap. Diss tracks bring back the love of the rap game. From Eazy-E’s “Real Muthaphukkin’ G’s” to Ice Cube’s “No Vaseline” to 2Pac’s “Hit ‘Em Up,” we see some of the greatest rappers battle it out in the studio. The battle of record labels and who’s the best of the best. It’s what makes rap real.
MGK vs. Eminem reminds us we need more diss tracks, more rap battles and we need to get back to the roots of why rap was so great to begin with. Eminem coming out on top in this battle brings hope that maybe the industry will stop giving out participation trophies to the ones who weren’t meant to compete with the big dogs.
The only question on my mind after this: Did Diddy really put out a hit on 2Pac?
Katelyn Massarelli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org