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Machine Gun Kelly and Corey Taylor Trade More Shots in Feud Over Failed Collab

Machine Gun Kelly, Corey Taylor
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Machine Gun Kelly and Corey Taylor

The Machine Gun Kelly/Slipknot beef has gotten way juicier. The unexpected public feud popped off over the weekend when rapper-turned-rocker MGK dissed the Iowa metal band by making fun of their signature scare masks.

"Hey you wanna know what I'm really happy that I'm not doing?" MGK told the crowd Sept. 18 in video captured by a fan. "Being 50 years old wearing a f---ing weird mask on a f--ing stage. F---ing s---."

It seemed like an out-of-the-blue blast, but as it turns out, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor had taken a subliminal shot in a podcast in March when discussing musicians whose sound he thinks feels derivative of older acts. He had quipped to Cutter's Rockcast, "I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock -- and I think he knows who he is. But that’s another story."

What's it all about? Well, Taylor explained the possible origin of the bad blood in a tweet on Monday night (Sept. 20), in which he wrote, "I don’t like people airing private s--- like a child. So this is all I’ll say: I didn’t do the track because I don’t like when people try to ‘write’ for me. I said NO to THEM. So without further ado…. #receipts This is all I’m going to say about it."

What followed were two screenshots from a pair of emails from Taylor and MGK's frequent collaborator, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker that referenced a song Taylor was slated to appear on from the rapper's No. 1 2020 pop-punk album Welcome to My Downfall; the song appeared on a bonus version of the album but does not feature Taylor. In it, Barker appears to say that he and Kelly really loved the vocals Taylor sent them, along with some notes from MGK.

"Yo Corey! We love it. Peep these notes from Kels. It's super f---in' close," reads the purported email from Barker. In his notes, MGK writes, "Yo Trav!! got super inspired again after listening to Corey's vocals on 'Can't Look Back' and added some guitars over his part so it's kicks u in the face right when his voice comes in. 1) can u tell him he f---in killed it and im stoked and HONORED he is even on it wtf !!! 2) I've been watching the news lately about the war and the state of everything and it made me look at the song a different way, like soldiers need a song to stay alive to. a song to fight too. keep them going."

He said he added a bridge that he thought was "pretty powerful" that he thought Barker and Taylor would dig, and then went on to say that he'd sent Taylor an idea for the second half of his verse that he said "he can obviously say f--- it but it would be sick to see if it inspired anything or if he could try it like that." Machine Gun Kelly also said he had laid down a "demo scream-ish" track under the first  part of Taylor's verse that "would be dope to hear in his psychosocial voice. f--- yea tell him he rocks."

The next image showed that Taylor declined, saying he didn't feel he was the right person for the collab. He added it was all good and that he was excited for MGK, and he hoped they found the right person to work with. "Hope you understand and I wish you guys the best with it," he added. "If I can help in any way, let me know."

Well, MGK had some thoughts as well, which he aired in a series of tweets on Monday, opening with, "very odd that when an artist talks s---, and i respond, i'm the bad guy." In a second tweet he expanded, "corey did a verse for a song on tickets to my downfall album, it was f---ing terrible, so i didn’t use it. he got mad about it, and talked s--t to a magazine about the same album he was almost on. yalls stories are all off. just admit he’s bitter."

A third tweed added, "don't hate on the youth."

See Taylor and MGK's tweets below.