Machine Gun Kelly's Rap Devil: A Bold Diss Track Against Eminem
In 2018, Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) released a diss track against Eminem, one of the most influential and respected rappers of all time. The track, titled Rap Devil, was a response to Eminem's song Not Alike, where he criticized MGK for his comments about his daughter Hailie and his musical style. MGK did not hold back in his lyrics, mocking Eminem's age, appearance, relevance, and skills. He also claimed that Eminem tried to sabotage his career and challenged him to a rap battle.
Rap Devil was a bold move by MGK, who was aware of the risks of going against a rap legend. He said in an interview with Shazam: \"I'm standing up for not just myself, but my generation. I'm doing the same shit you did back in your day.\" He also said that he respected Eminem as an artist, but he had to defend himself and his fans.
The track received mixed reactions from fans and critics. Some praised MGK for his courage and delivery, while others dismissed him as a clout chaser and a mediocre rapper. Eminem eventually responded with his own diss track, Killshot, where he dismissed MGK's claims and insults, and accused him of being obsessed with him. He also referenced MGK's album BINGE, which was released shortly after Rap Devil, and received poor reviews and sales.
Rap Devil remains one of the most controversial and popular diss tracks in recent rap history. It has over 300 million views on YouTube and was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video. It also sparked a debate about the rap skills and relevance of both MGK and Eminem, and their impact on the rap culture.
MGK also released a music video for Rap Devil, which was directed by Jordan Wozy. The video shows MGK rapping in various locations, such as a rooftop, a parking lot, and a tour bus. He also eats a bowl of cereal with a shovel, a reference to Eminem's line on Not Alike: \"The day you put out a hit's the day Diddy admits that he put the hit out that got Pac killed.\" MGK wears a black leather jacket with the words \"Rap Devil\" on the back, and holds a chainsaw at one point. The video has over 300 million views on YouTube and was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video.
MGK's diss track also sparked reactions from other rappers and celebrities. Some of them sided with MGK, such as G-Eazy, Diddy, and Jay Electronica. Others defended Eminem, such as 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, and Royce da 5'9\". Some of them remained neutral or joked about the feud, such as Snoop Dogg, Joe Budden, and Pete Davidson. The rap community was divided over who won the battle, and many fans and critics debated over the quality and impact of both diss tracks.
Rap Devil also had an effect on MGK's career and image. He received more attention and exposure from the media and the public, but he also faced backlash and criticism from Eminem's fans and some rap purists. He was booed at some of his concerts, where he performed Rap Devil and wore a shirt with Eminem's face crossed out. He also received negative reviews for his album BINGE, which was released shortly after Rap Devil, and featured songs about drugs, sex, and fame. Some critics accused him of using the feud as a publicity stunt to boost his sales and relevance. aa16f39245