Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the past few hours, Eminem dropped a surprise album called Kamikaze at the stroke of midnight. Much of the album serves as a response to the criticisms held against his last project, Revival. Em uses a huge chunk of Kamikaze to diss his peers in the rap game.
Eminem addresses most of his targets by name, including Lil Pump, Lil Xan, Tyler the Creator, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and even the Grammy Awards. Some of Em’s most lethal bars are dedicated to Machine Gun Kelly, as featured on Track #8, “Not Alike.”
Eminem says the following:
Oh, you run the streets, huh?
Now you wanna come and fuck with me, huh?
This little cock-sucker, he must be feeling himself
He wants to keep up
His tough demeanor, so he does a feature
Decides to team up with Nina
But next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne if you wanna come at me with a sub-machine gun
And I’m talking to you but you already know who the fuck you are, Kelly
I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak-diss
But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie
Now, those of you who are unaware of whatever “beef” stems between these men, you all probably came out of this track wondering “Damn, why’d Em go so hard on MGK? What does Em’s daughter have to do with any of this?”
Their history reads as so:
Back in 2012, Machine Gun Kelly went on Twitter and tweeted that he thought Eminem’s daughter–Hailie Mathers–was hot “in the most respectful way possible cuz Em is king,” he would add. On the surface, it’s a harmless tweet. Fast forward three years later, and it looks like Eminem took that tweet far more seriously than Kelly would have imagined.
In a 2015 interview with Ebro in the Morning, MGK would reveal that Eminem basically blackballed him from the industry, solely because of that tweet. “Certain people won’t even listen or review [my music]. Certain places, you won’t even hear Machine Gun Kelly on.” Putting two and two together, most critics peg radio stations like Shade 45 and Sirius XM as the “certain places” that refuse to play MGK’s music.
In only so many words directed towards Eminem, MGK would say “Fuck you” and “fuck anybody who’s trying to take food off of not just my plate, but, like, a whole city. It’s more than just me. Let us win, man.”
Fast forward a couple more years to March 2018, when Machine Gun Kelly hopped on a song with Tech N9ne for the track “No Reason.” He’d first make reference to Eminem’s mentor, Dr. Dre: It’s only one option / you gon’ need a doctor
I ain’t talkin’ ’bout the one from Compton. Then, he spit a little bit more venom at Em with the following bars:
You think ’cause I wrote a pop hit that I won’t pop shit?
The fuck’s wrong with you Pop-Tarts?
I pop cherries and popstars, you popsicles is not hard
Popped in on the top charts out the cop car
To remind y’all you just rap and not God and I don’t care who got bars
Because they don’t acknowledge mine, show me who got scars
Now, five months later, Eminem dropped a new album, and clearly, he took some offense to MGK’s verbal jabs.
Speaking of MGK, his only response to Eminem’s diss track has been this tweet:
— colson (@machinegunkelly) August 31, 2018
No word on if Machine Gun Kelly is prepping a response track, but he could be doing just that as we speak.
Until said track comes out, Eminem’s Kamikaze is available everywhere music is sold right now.