If you’re over the age of 35, chances are you don’t like Machine Gun Kelly.
Not because you detest his music, or his very public displays of affection with your celebrity crush, or his manufactured grunge look.
You probably don’t like MGK because he doesn’t like you. The Cleveland rapper-turned-rocker has already age-shamed one of the greatest musical artists of all-time in Eminem.
From his diss track Rap Devil:
“yeah, Hailie, you right / Dad’s always mad cooped up in the studio yelling at the mic / You’re sober and bored, huh (I know) / About to be 46 years old, dog.”
At Riot Fest in Chicago Sunday night, the 31-year-old took aim at the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot, who was performing on another stage during MGK’s set.
“Hey, you want to know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old wearing a fucking weird mask on a fucking stage, talking shit.” After a brief pause, MGK changed the subject, cracking, “So, anyway, what’s everyone’s favorite candy? Reece’s Pieces?”
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Machine Gun Kelly followed up with another dig: “Turn the lights up. Let me see who chose to be here instead of with all the old weird dudes with masks.”
MGK’s bitterness could be attributed to Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor’s thinly-veiled attack on a particular artist who failed in one genre and took up another. The following was pulled from Taylor’s appearance on the podcast, Cutter’s Rockcast, back in February.
“I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock—and I think he knows who he is,” Taylor said. “But that’s another story. I’m the worst and I hate everything. People are used to that with me, though. But I have also encouraged a younger generation to think past the boundaries of what we listen to.”
Regardless of whether Slipknot initiated the feud months ago, Machine Gun Kelly waiting nearly seven months to retaliate in front of thousands of people was not well received by the rabid Slipknot fanbase.
Eminem fans and Slipknot fans coming together against MGK pic.twitter.com/ofg9be44er
— Fernando Castellanos (@Fern_Dog327) September 20, 2021
MGK: -leaves rap after trying to diss one of the most influential artists in the genre ever-
— James: Retired Pit Sheriff (@Chempyres) September 20, 2021
Machine Gun Kelly v. Slipknot pic.twitter.com/955mulqhNM
— State of the Scene (@SOTSPodcast) September 20, 2021
Not that this has to be said but Slipknot is one of the most influential metal bands of all time and for MGK to boil them down to “50 year olds wearing weird masks” is so fucking funny to me
— The Emo Formerly Known As ThyArtIsMemes (@ThyArtIsMemes2) September 20, 2021
no discourse towards MGK will ever beat this pic.twitter.com/Vlb0pxbisL
— stringer kev (@antiquation) September 20, 2021
MGK probably gonna be 50 still hitting on teenagers so I'd say he can't say shit against Slipknot lol https://t.co/w9vj22bWu0
— Mitchell (@itmeeshe) September 20, 2021
Megan Fox and MGK are couple goals 🖤 pic.twitter.com/Pn4X0X7sE5
— 𝖘𝖍𝖆𝖉𝖔𝖜𝖋𝖆𝖝 (@Shadowfaaax) September 18, 2021
MGK could never make an album like IOWA why is his corny pedo pop punk ass talking about slipknot
— jeff (@noxheav3n) September 20, 2021
Corey Taylor played concerts with a broken neck while MGK was waxing poetic about how he thought 15 year olds were hot.
— Keegan | SharpTone Records Stan Account (@kfischer0924) September 20, 2021