Rap Devil or Rap God?


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Virginia Connor, Copy Editor

In the left corner, at 6’4” weighing 167 lbs, is the big bad wolf Machine Gun Kelly (MGK). In the right corner, at 5’8” weighing 157 lbs, is the pitbull fighter Eminem. Who do you think is the Rap Devil and the Rap God?

Many people have taken sides in this “shootout” between the two white, single dads in the rap game. Some think that MGK is being a stubborn brat that keeps poking Em with a stick and others say that Eminem is just trying to stay relevant. Whatever the truth is, the feud is fire.

According to XXL Magazine, it was a tweet that lit the flame. MGK referred to Em’s daughter, Hailie, as “hot as f—” after a picture of the then-16-year-old went viral.

A few more jabs after that sent Eminem to fight back; including a line in Tech N9ne’s released song “No Reason” where MGK spits at Eminem saying, “Popped in on the top charts out the cop car/To remind y’all you just rap, you’re not God.”

Fans were quick to connect Em’s 2013 single “Rap God” to the reference.

Then, Eminem came out with his surprise album “Kamikaze” with a diss song “Not Alike” where he took straight shots at MGK.

“But next time you don’t have to use Tech N9ne/ If you wanna come at me with a sub, Machine Gun.”

According to Genius, “there is a triple entendre on ‘sub, machine gun’ which references how MGK dissed Em subliminally, the sub-machine gun (SMG) weapon category, and Em’s belief that MGK is sub-par.”

In an interview with Sway, Eminem said he dissed him out of pity, “I wanted to destroy him but I also don’t want to make him bigger.”

Many of Eminem’s fans were waiting for MGK to fire back but it wasn’t until his diss track, “Rap Devil” where the spotlight shined on their beef and it went viral. MGK took this opportunity to say everything he had to say to Em.

Some say MGK’s diss track is a better song lyrically because of the hook, making it easier to listen to. Others felt his word choice was nothing to compare to Eminem’s rhyme skill.

MGK used the hook to offer his solution: “Both of us single dads from the midwest, let’s talk about it/Or we could get gully, I’ll size up your body/ and put some white chalk around it.”

Even though it was a diss track, MGK still acknowledged that Eminem is one of the G.O.A.T in the industry and some fans hold respect for MGK’s good-sport attitude.

MGK also questions if the real slim shady can stand up in the track.

“Somebody help your mans up (help)/ Knees weak of old age, the real slim shady cant stand up (no).”

While the “real” Eminem was able to “stand up” above his competitors in 2000, MGK finds that in 2018, this is no longer the case. MGK also calls out Em’s ability to physically stand up. At the release of “Rap Devil,” Eminem was 45 years old. Meanwhile, MGK was 28.

Eminem took it one step further with his final diss track, “Killshot,” which he compares MGK to the character Stan from his 2000 hit single “Stan.”

Eminem says, “Realized I forgot to call you back/ Here’s the autograph for your daughter, I wrote it on a starter cap.”

Em compares MGK to Stan, as they’re both overly dedicated fans that eventually developed a bitter hatred toward their idol. Fans made the comment to say that Eminem was 28 when he wrote “Stan” and MGK, now 28, is becoming Stan.

Eminem also pointed out that every other line in MGK’s Rap Devil was either a compliment or an insult and that MGK should make up his mind whether he wants to hate or appreciate.

MGK appeared on The Breakfast Club and spoke about the back-and-forth with Eminem, calling the Detroit rapper’s latest diss “out of touch.” MGK said that he has another diss record in the stash, but is shelving it for now.

“I had a clip ready,” MGK said. “I heard ‘Killshot’ and I put that s— back in the holster.”

We know where MGK stands but as for Eminem, he’s been full of surprises lately.