Killshot or Rap Devil
Alright. So I don’t usually comment on celebrity ‘beef’ because its all over the news and social media. However, the rap battle that is going on between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly is just too good to not acknowledge. Well, at least on the Eminem part is. Killshot had me rolling, had to listen multiple times to get every diss registered.
So lets dig into this.
In 2012, MGK commented on Eminem daughter calling her hot. He was in his 20’s and she was 16. That in itself is a little weird. But it wasn’t even on Em’s radar as he mentioned on the interview with Sway. It actually goes a lot deeper than that. So much deeper but also kind of petty. Hey, I don’t really care what caused it because it brought us Killshot. Which I happen to be listening to right now.
So, MGK did a freestyle about his idol keeping him from something or another, which if you watch the sway interview, you will see that Em claims that he didn’t, that MGK wasn’t on his radar until MGK started it all.
Then came the Tech N9ne song No Reason (The Mosh Pit). At a little over two minutes into the song, MGK starts his part. His part includes:
“There’s only one option, you’re going to need a doctor I ain’t talking about the one from compton.” If I’m not mistaken, isn’t Dr. Dre from Compton, CA? The one that ‘discovered’ Eminem? The one that has been producing Em his whole career? “You think cause I wrote a pop hit I won’t pop shit” MGK is starting stuff. This is the whole reason why Em went off. Honesty, this and the tweet that I will get to late. And I don’t mean the one about hallie. “Remind ya’ll just rap not gods” Direct message to Em’s hit Rap God. Come on, if you heard the song Rap God….. you will know why it is titled Rap God. Eminem is the most skilled lyricist I have ever seen. He can bend and twist words to rhyme better than I have ever seen before.
So the tweet that I am referencing, Em actually commented on it during his interview with Sway
*Honestly If you haven’t listened to this interview, even though it is 4 parts, you really should. It is very informative and great.*
So Eminem found out about a tweet that MGK put that said you are just rap, not a god.
So Now comes Eminem’s surprise album, which I completely enjoy. The diss that ‘started it’ as some people don’t realize that MGK actually ‘sneak dissed’ Em on another song. The song is called Not Alike. Which he kind of makes fun of today’s rapper’s in it as well.
“Rap God spit lyrical bullets.” This kind of gave key that he was going to go on MGK.
“Roll up with your (gang) you’re gon’ need a arsenal cause this bar is over your head. So you better have arms if you’re gonna pull up. Oh you run the streets huh? Now you wanna come and **** with men, huh? This little &&&&-sucker, he must be feeling himself. He wants to kee up his tough demeanor. so he does a feature, decides to team up with nina. But next time you don’t gotta use teck N9ne if you wanna come at me with a sub, machine gun. And I’m talking to you, but you already know who the **** you are, kely. I don’t use sublims and sure as **** don’t sneak diss but keep on commenting on my daughter Hallie.”
So honestly, I am not a rapper, or much into the rap scene. I listen to who I like and that is about it. I have been listening to Em since Hi My name is…. I honestlly only heard about MGK when I was going to buy tickets to a Linkin Park show cause he was supposed to open for them before Chester died. So I can only give you my opinion on what the words mean and how I take them. So, if you don’t feel this way… Please don’t take offense. Let me know what you think or how you think it means or even who you think won.
So. Roll up with your gang you’re going to need an arsenal…. To me this means that MGK isn’t ready for what he’s about to get into. If you look at other battles Em has had, he has come out on top numerous times. He is directly calling out MGK for his sneak diss on twitter and the Tech N9ne song. I don’t know how many people listened to the song before Not alike came out. Because I honestly didn’t listen to it before Em said something. I went looking for it to see what he was talking about.
“Let me out a silencer on this little non-threatening blonde fairy corball taking shots at me.” Basically, he’s fixing to snuff out the beef and destroy MGK.
“Better call diddy. Just to try to get me off and you better hope I don’t call Trick Trick. #*$# this $#!+ don’t fly in our city. Punk you don’t disrepect OG’s RIP Prodigy.” Diddy is the one that produces MGK. And he’s basically saying that MGK is disrespecting the OG’s like himself.
Then MGK came out with his ‘diss’ I put that in quotations because it doesnt’ honestly sound like a diss. It’s more like a love hate song. With a hook and a chorus.
Rap Devil – MGK
I am not going to post all of the lyrics. You can find the song on Youtube. But I will post some of the ‘disses’.
“Somebody grab him some clippers, his ******* beard is weird. Tough talk from a rapper payin millions for security a year”
His beard is weird? This is the opening line?!?!? Can he grow a beard? And if you were as famous as Em with crazy fans…. wouldn’t you have security too?
“I think my dad’s gone crazy, yeah hallie you right, dad’s always mad cooped up in the studio yellin at the mic.”
Bringing up Hallie again….. not that great of an idea.
“Mad abot somethin I said in 2012 took you six years and a surprise album just to come with a diss”
The Em diss barely mentioned the fact that he, at 22 called a 16 year old hot….. It more referenced the most common events like MGK featuring in the Tech N9ne song.
the picture that he commented on was only part of the reason why Em responded. Not the whole reason for it.
“Homie we get it, we know youre the greatest raper alive.
This is supposed to be a diss song….. yet he’s complimenting him
“All you do is read the dictionary and stay inside”
How else would he grow his ability? When you want to get better at something don’t you continue to try to grow with it??
“&&&& rap god, I’m he rap devil”
If you think about the Bible, the devil was an angel who couldn’t overthrow God and is now below him (hell) so claiming that he’s the Devil is already claiming that he is beneath Em.
“Your last four albums is as bad as your selfie”
This is significant because in a few lines later you will see that he tells Em to go back to Recovery……which was 3 albums ago. Doing a fact check would be great.
“Trying to be the old you so bad you stan yourself”
Stan is an Em song about a fan that was so obsessed with him.
“Yeah I’ll acknowledge that you’re the GOAT, But I’m the Gunner, &#&# I got you in the scope”
Another compliment. GOAT stands for Greatest of All Time.
“Hello Marshall, my name’s Colson you should go back to Recover”
I put this here because He said to go back 4 albums ago….then tells him to go back to recovery. Fact checking….its easy.
“Look what you done to me. Dropped an album just because of me. Damn you in love with me.”
This is just saying that Em is obsessed with MGK… Uhm… If you actually listen to the album… you will know that Em only spent less than 2 minutes in the entire album on MGK.
Or write an apology, over the simple fact, you had to diss to acknowledge me I am the prodigy”
An apology? MGK started it with a sneak diss.
“Last time you saw 8 mile was at home on a treadmill. You were named after a candy I was named after a gangster”
This makes no sense. I understand that 8 Mile is a movie and the place that Em grew up and that he doesn’t go back there…. But to say 8 miles on a treadmile.. Man Em must be in great shape if he can run 8 miles.
The video itself doesn’t make any sense at itself. It is just doesn’t make sense. However, I commented on what I thought was bad about it the lyrics…. lets look at the other side.
Although there are some great things in the song. The fact that beginning of the song you hear someone say “Oh my god ronny” Ronny was the name of the uncle that Em was close to growing up but died. This could be a shot at Em’s heartstrings which means that MGK actually knows some facts about Em.
Going back to the security quote. While I understand why Em has the security…fans are crazy….. The good part about it in regards to the diss is that it is shining a light on the ‘flaws’ of Em’s tough guy persona.
Using actual vocals from one of Em’s song is a great jab at the person. Especially when the vocals are his daughter. Although, Em is extremely protective of his daughter. He watched her graduate from inside the school so he wouldn’t bring any attention to himself and away from her. Plus you just don’t mess with a Daddy’s girl. It’s just not a wise move. but I guess in the sense of trying to poke and diss at the other person….throwing that in there serves its purpose.
The line about calling up Trick Trick is one of the better lines consider that Trick Trick is known from an early 2000’s song Welcome to Detroit where Em called Trick to bring guns to help. This is basically saying that Em cannot fight his own battles and that he needs to call on someone else to fight them for him. While I think the response to Rap Devil won in my book. Some of the reasoning behind this are solid in the instance that its what MGK could come up with. I mean he is going against the GOAT afterall. We’ve seen how this played out before. EM is known for his Rap Battles. Thats how he started. MGK isn’t. So it’s going to be interesting to see how it eventually plays out. I kinda hope it just makes Em come out with more responses.
MGK References Em’s Cleaning out my closet in which he totes around a black shovel that he uses to bury his mom at the end of the song. This could also be why MGK carries a shovel throughout most of the video. Alluding that he is killing Em and going to bury him… (or at least he can hope)
Leave all the Beef to 50… This is referencing the feuds that 50 stood beside Em and ultimately handled himself instead of Em. Basically saying that 50 would be better to handle the beef that Em is.
Referencing Rihanna and Em’s multiple collaboration. Basically that Em is too scared. So scared that he couldn’t even ask for Rihanna number.
Bringing up his baby momma….. I don’t know how I feel about that considering how much Em has already talked about her.
NOW…. lets talk about KillShot!!!!!!
Pretty much everything in this song….. responds directly to MGK’s Rap Devil. So this song is so long….it is kind of hard to post every single response. But I will post some.. and what I think. You can find the actual song on YouTube.
“Rihanna just hit me on a text
Last night I left hickeys on her neck”
This directly responds to MGK saying he was too afraid to ask for Rihanna’s number. Basically saying, he’s not afraid.
“Wait, you just dissed me? I’m perplexed
Insult me in a line, compliment me on the next”
This goes back to what I was saying. MGK would diss him on one line and then compliment him on another like calling him the GOAT.
“Was watchin’ 8 Mile on my NordicTrack”
This goes along with MGK’s line that the last time Em saw 8 Mile was on the treadmill. As NordicTrack is a type of treadmill.
“Stan, Stan, son
Listen, man, Dad isn’t mad”
Basically Em is calling MGK a Stan which is a stalker and fan…. It isn’re realy too far of a reach considering MGK called himself a stan back in 2013.
“But how you gonna name yourself after a damn gun
And have a man-bun?”
While MGK has responded that the ‘man bun’ is because he’s an ‘actor’ and was filming. But this is one of my favorite lines from Killshot.
“Say you got me in a scope, but you grazed me
I say one call to Interscope and you’re Swayze”
This is a direct reference back to Rap Devil where MGK said that he has Em in the scope. I take the Swayze reference as in Patrick Swayze in the movie Ghost. That he would make one phone call to their record label….that they’re both signed to (more on that later) then MGK would be ‘ghost’.
“But you’re a fuckin’ mole hill
Now I’ma make a mountain out of you, woo!”
Have you ever heard the phrase make a mountain out of a mole hill. Basically meaning that you’re making something out of nothing. I take this as saying MGK is nothing. a mole hill. That EM isn’t even worried about him.
“Ho, chill, actin’ like you put the chrome barrel to my bone marrow
Gunner? Bitch, you ain’t a bow and arrow”
This is again going back to the line in Rap Devil claiming that MGK has got Em in his scope. Em is basically saying that he’s not even a gun. He’s a bow and arrow. A weapon that predates the machine gun and is far less lethal. Meaning that Em isn’t worried about MGK because there’s nothing MGK could do to phase Em.
“Are you eating cereal or oatmeal?
What the fuck’s in the bowl, milk? Wheaties or Cheerios?”
So this isn’t really a diss per say. It is more a reference to how the beginning of Rap Devil MGK can be seen eating a bowl of something. Which a lot of fans cannot understand what it actually has to do with the ‘beef’ or the music video at all.
“”Yo, Slim, your last four albums sucked
Go back to Recovery,” oh shoot, that was three albums ago
What do you know? Oops
Know your facts before you come at me, lil’ goof”
Like I said in the Rap Devil….. He wants him to go back to Recovery while also saying to go back 4 albums …. Recovery was 3 albums ago. A simple fact check before writing would have proven beneficial.
“Got more fans than you in your own city, lil’ kiddy, go play
Feel like I’m babysitting Lil Tay”
So saying that he has more fans in MGK’s own city is a direct diss at saying that even his home town like Em more. The Lil Tay references this 9 year old kid who pulled some outlandish stunts for social media. Since MGK said that he needed to read Em a nursery, Em popped off with saying that it is like Em is babysitting MGK, someone puling antics for the attention of the media.
“Got the Diddy okay so you spent your whole day
Shootin’ a video just to fuckin’ dig your own grave
Got you at your own wake, I’m the billy goat”
So basically saying that MGK had to get the okay to record this ‘diss’. While also referencing that MGK called him The GOAT because the Billy Goat is one of the most known goats.
“Bein’ rich-shamed by some prick usin’ my name for clickbait”
So what Em is basically saying is that MGK is only taking the shots….including the ‘sneak diss’ to gain fame for himself. That fans are automatically going to click on it when they hear its about EM. Also, one of the major themes of MGK’s ‘diss’ was that Em is rich….
“Now I gotta cock back, aim
Yeah, bitch, pop Champagne to this! (pop)
It’s your moment
This is it, as big as you’re gonna get, so enjoy it
Had to give you a career to destroy it”
So this goes to the fact that MGK posted a video of him popping champagne when he heard that Em Dropped his name (before he even wrote the ‘diss’) because he has made it very clear that Em is his idol. Em is also saying that because Em has dropped MGK’s name or referrenced him twice now, it is providing MGK with a career… although it is a short one….because Em is destroying it.
“Your red sweater, your black leather
You dress better, I rap better”
This goes to where MGK constantly says he’s tired of the track suits. That he dresses better than Em. Em is acknowledging that MGK might dress better…..but his rap is better.
“Thinks it’s over a pic, I just don’t like you, prick
Thanks for dissing me
Now I had an excuse on the mic to write “Not Alike”
But really, I don’t care who’s in the right
But you’re losin’ the fight you picked:”
Now MGK is constantly saying that this whole ‘beef’ is over the fact that when MGK was 22 he commented on a photo of a 16 year old daughter of Em. Now that would make any dad mad…. here he is saying that comment is not the reason for this. The fact that MGK ‘sneak dissed’ in a Tech N9ne song. But MGK said that its about the photo and majority of everyone believed it.
“I’m sick of you bein’ wack
And still usin’ that mothafuckin’ Auto-Tune
So let’s talk about it (let’s talk about it)”
This is referencing MGK’s chorus where he keeps saying let’s talk about it. Which the chorus used the most autotune for someone who wasn’t even singing….
“I’m sick of your blonde hair and earrings
Just ’cause you look in the mirror and think
That you’re Marshall Mathers (Marshall Mathers)
Don’t mean you are, and you’re not about it”
Em is saying that MGK is just a wanna be him. It’s not the greatest diss line but its still makes you think….is he trying to be him.
Now we’re waiting to see if MGK is going to come back at Killshot… even tho he has posted on social media and on press tours that he’s not even worried about it. But then it was brought to light that the photo of fans sticking their middle fingers up was at a Fall out boy concert and they weren’t privy to why they were asked to do so or the fact that MGK had the shirt on. Some fans tweeted saying he had a sweater on and when he turned toward the camera he removed the sweater to reveal the shirt. To me, that is a little dishonest.
In my personal opinion, and it might be biased because I have liked Em for so long, but I think Em killed it with Killshot. He reerenced pretty much every single thing that MGK threw at him without auto tune, without a chorus, without a hook, in a standard rap battle format.
If you’re up to date on the ‘beef’ or the ‘diss’, let me know what you think.
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