Machine Gun Kelly & Slipknot

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Opens Up On Machine Gun Kelly Beef


Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor has elaborated on the feud he’s found himself in with rapper turned pop punk star Machine Gun Kelly. If you recall, that beef really first spilled over into the public eye after MGK called out Slipknot while onstage at last year’s ‘Riot Fest. His comments led to a response from Taylor over a disputed cameo which MGK had reportedly lined up from Taylor for an album of his via their mutual friend, Travis Barker.

While Taylor stated that he backed out of the guest spot after not feeling that he was right for the track following some feedback, Kelly publicly responded back saying that the verse Taylor submitted on his own was “really bad.” According to Kelly, that track was intended for his platinum-certified “Tickets To My Downfall” album. Kelly also insisted that Taylor fired the first shot by trashing him in the press (see here) due to being “mad” about his verse essentially being rejected from the record.

Appearing recently on this year’s ‘ShipRocked‘ cruise as part of a live question segment of his show, Taylor elaborated on how the feud, offering:

“For those of you that don’t know, MGK doesn’t like me very much. And let me follow that up by saying I don’t care.

I won’t fill you in on the whole fucking story because you can go online and look it all up. However, I will say this: he maintains that I started it. The truth is he started it. Now, I will explain to you why.

If you don’t know, they asked me to do a tune with him. They sent it to me. I didn’t dig it. And I tried to do something with it because of my respect for Travis, because he and I worked together before. They sent me these really weird notes and they wanted me to sing his words. And I just said, ‘I’m not gonna do it.’ And I sent an e-mail. I posted that e-mail. And I didn’t hear back from him. And I thought it was done.

Fast forward about eight months, and Machine Gun Kelly is doing this weird Instagram Live interview with Allie from Spotify. And he goes off on this fucking rant about rock stars and comfortable shoes. It sounds as smart as you think it is. … I mean, spit was coming out of his face.

And I’m watching it and I’m going, ‘You fuck. You’ve been here for five minutes, basically, and you’re gonna fucking run your mouth about bands that have been doing this for 20 fucking years, like in the mud, in the dirt. They’re gonna wear whatever the fuck they want.

You’re gonna walk in here with your fucking black tongue and try to talk some shit on some bands that would fucking circle your ass? Fuck you.’ So when I had my opportunity to say something, I did. And I didn’t call him out.

I just said what I said about people failing in one genre and sliding over to another. And that upset him. … Weirdly, we’re in Chicago on the same show, and we’re playing basically at the same time. And he wasn’t happy that there were a lot of people at our show — and I do mean a lot.

But he, to this day, maintains that I started it. It’s, like, the only reason I said what I said is because he said what he said. You don’t get to walk into a genre with the history, with the work… The fact that this genre really doesn’t get the fucking respect that it deserves.

You don’t get to walk in as some weird substitute teacher and pretend that you can tell us what to wear — boots, shoes, house fucking shoes, slippers. Why don’t you suck every inch of my dick? You don’t get to do that.

And these are bands that maybe I don’t even fucking know, but guess what? I fucking respect them because they get on fucking stage and they fucking give every fucking thing they’ve got.”


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