Over the past few years, we’ve seen rap beefs go to digital heights. From memes to fans creating challenges in favor of their favorite contender, today’s digital age has played a heavy hand in changing the essence of one on one lyrical combat.
The practice seems to have slithered its way into Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly’s rap bout. During his interview with the Breakfast Club on Thursday (Sept. 20) MGK questioned some of the instances that have happened since the start of their feud.
Just a few days prior, footage of Kelly being booed as he performed “Rap Devil” surfaced on social media. Shortly after, it was revealed that video may have been dubbed to include boos as well as “fans” lying on social media about went down at the show. Kelly explained that instance along with doctored ghostwriter credits has been done by Eminem fans or someone close to the rap legend to sway the narrative of the feud in his favor.
“The narrative is becoming a little unfair right now, I came in the ring as one person,” he explained. “I never asked Puff to retweet a thing or get my celeb friends to post under my page. And here is this audience throwing banana peels in my corner. You fake edited boos into a performance into me while I performed “Rap Devil.’ Not only did I not get booed, but I also step out in the crowd, Michigan included, as the song plays.”
“I give 10,000 people a people a chance to do what they want to do and say what they want to say,” he added. “You can’t edit that narrative to be what it’s not. I’ve seen fake edited ghostwriting credits, what are we doing here? There’s a real video and there’s a fake video.”
Kelly is currently on tour with punk rock veterans Fall Out Boy. The rapper also dived into the history of his issues with Eminem, which were reportedly resolved after Kelly had a talk with Em’s manager and current president of Def Jam, Paul Rosenberg. While things seemed to be smoothed over, the “Bad Things” artist says he saw red flags that made him think otherwise.
“We had settled it behind the scenes but as I start to go about my career, you start to go about these roadblocks,” he added. “You can’t just minimize it to Shade45, you got to think about it. Eminem is Interscope, Machine Gun Kelly is Interscope. This man has brought about millions of dollars to that building. I’m new, I just came to that building. Not only did that happen, but me and Yelawolf were beeing. He’s an Interscope artist signed to Shady. I have his loyalists and he has his loyalists but the problem comes when people assigned to work for me aren’t’ working and are picking sides.”
See more of thoughts on G-Eazy, those praising his lyrical abilities and his respect for Halsey below.
Not only can he not rap, but he can’t do math either. I mentioned Finland in a post. [In Finland], we took a bunch of drugs together. He told me, ‘Dude, you rap circles around me, I could never rap as good as you.’ But when you go on this Netflix Rapture series and say you’re the best rapper in your area, it’s not a fact. You make club records. You don’t impact the youth to me or my soul.
What Eminem said wasn’t true. Jimmy Iovine and Puff conference called me at 9 am in the morning. We don’t speak to him. We speak to his spokespeople. I don’t know why people ride for this man so hard. It’s a little weird. I’m a man of the people, I’m a vulnerable person.
If Their Beef Was Calculated by Interscope:
That would be great, that would be a great help. You took two weeks [to make “Kill Shot,” I took two days [to make “Rap Devil”]. That’s another funny narrative that I hear. I’ve sold over 20 million records. As me, as Machine Gun Kelly. It’s very hard for me to accept that this career buzzed out of nowhere via him.
I did (when asked if they had sexual relations). That was when me and her were rocking. I don’t know why she keeps getting thrown in it. I didn’t even say no names (in reference to his Funkmaster Flex freestyle), I don’t know what everyone is so sensitive about it.
On Him Being Slept On:
I can’t help that I’m on point. I can’t help that it took this to happen for the world to see my talent.
I think that’s why I said if this is what it takes to show my talent off, I’m with it. I was raised by wolves, I was meant for this. I got energy for this. My track records for beef isn’t Christina Aguleria or Mariah Carey. My track records are all gorillas. I’ve gone to war with nothing by gangstas, gorillas and 450lb security guards.
I think ultimately I owed hip-hop this moment because of how I came in was hip-hop. I had frustrations int he past but to be fair, the narrative chooses to tell is what the media hears as opposed to what the fans hear. There’s always been bars. Now I’m looking like, ‘See?’
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