The infamous feud between rapper-turned-rocker Machine Gun Kelly and SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor seems to have settled with MGK saying he thinks both of them “let their egos get in the way.”
The hostility began last year when Machine Gun Kelly called out SLIPKNOT from the stage during his appearance at 2021’s Riot Fest, saying “Hey, you all know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old, wearing a fuckin’ weird mask on a fuckin’ stage. Fuckin’ shit. So anyway, what’s everyone’s favorite candy? Reese’s Pieces?” MGK added fuel to the fire the following day on his official Twitter account when he added that Taylor was bitter after being rejected on a guest spot on Kelly’s latest album, “Tickets To My Downfall.”
Those accusations turned out to be untrue true thanks to a number of emails presented by Taylor via his own social media.
Now in the new Machine Gun Kelly documentary on Hulu, MGK takes back some of what he said about the SLIPKNOT frontman, saying the situation was simply unfortunate because “both of us let our egos get in the way”. He also claims that he was actually cool with the guest spot issue.
“It’s funny, the whole Slipknot issue…” he said as transcribed by The Pit. “That situation’s unfortunate because I think both of us let our egos get in the way. You know, I was a fan of Slipknot. I was a fan of Corey. That’s why I’d asked him to get on Tickets to My Downfall. He obviously had mutual respect, too, because he cut a verse.
“I kind of tried to give notes back, like ‘oh, you know, this wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, can we try this?’ And respectfully he was like, you know, ‘no.’ And I was like, ‘okay, cool.’ So we didn’t use it. You know, then I heard him on a podcast.” That last part is a reference to Taylor’s comment saying “I hate all new rock, for the most part. The artists (in quotes) who failed in one genre and decided to go rock… and I think he knows who he is.”
Kelly later adds that “I could have handled it differently. I should have just picked up the phone and been like hey dude, ‘why would you say that’? But, instead, we all acted ridiculous.”
That being said, Machine Gun Kelly has apparently vacated his place within the rock genre to make his return to rap.