Who do you think would win in a fight, Machine Gun Kelly or Slipknot? Well, obviously an entire band can beat up one guy, but what about a popularity fight?
Slipknot has been around a lot longer and has a much more committed fanbase, but on the other hand, MGK is young. He has also just learned that youth is not always the most important quality to have, even in youth-obsessed music culture.
MGK is getting dragged to hell right now because he took time out of his final day at the 2021 Riot Fest in Chicago Sunday night when he decided to just insult Slipknot as retribution for a comment the band’s frontman, Corey Taylor, made in an interview earlier in 2021.
“The [young artists] that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that’s been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new—even though it’s completely derivative,” Taylor said on an episode of Loudwire’s Cutter’s Rockcast.
“You know the band they’re ripping off — they’re not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they’re ripping off one band. But the younger generation picks them up and says, ‘This is our blah blah blah,’ because they’re tired of old people telling them that the music that came before them was better. And I don’t know who’s right, but I know both are wrong, because we should be encouraging everything.”
So, Machine Gun Kelly decided to take this personally.
“Hey, you wanna know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing?” Machine Gun Kelly asked the crowd before launching into “Jawbreaker,” one of his hits. “Being 50 years old wearing a f-ckin’ weird mask on a fucking stage, talkin’ sh-t. So anyway, what’s everyone’s favorite candy? Reese’s Pieces?”
Why did MGK take Taylor’s comments so personally? Maybe because Taylor went on to say in that interview that he doesn’t like rock artists who jump genres.
“I hate all new rock for the most part,” said Taylor. “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.”
This is exactly what MGK has been accused of doing, going from rap to rock to rap again, and he’s mad about the insinuations:
But he may have overestimated how many people would be on his side here. It didn’t take long for Twitter to explode with contempt for Kelly’s insults:
They might be wearing weird masks on stage in their fifties, but Slipknot has had way more time to build up a fanbase in that time. Don’t even try it, man.