- In 2012 Machine Gun Kelly said Eminem’s 16-year-old daughter Hailey was “hot as fuck”
- The feud between the two rappers finally escalated last year through several songs from both rappers
- Last years feud caught the attention of over half a billion people on YouTube alone
- Kelly appears to have thrown a few jabs at Eminem in his new song Floor 13
Last year millions of people watched as a longtime beef played out on social media between rappers Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly. Even though the feud did not go viral until 2018, both artists have known the grudge exited for years, despite Kelly’s self-admitted idolization of the Rap God.
The beef goes back to 2012 after Kelly disrespected Eminem’s then 16-year-old daughter Hailey on Twitter. In the tweet — that was later deleted but not before screenshots were captured — Kelly said he saw a picture of Hailey then went on to say, “and i have to say, she is hot as fuck, in the most respectful way possible cuz Em is king.”
Eminem apparently did not take the tweet in the “most respectful way,” which is understandable considering Kelly was 22-years-old at the time of the tweet. Not exactly the most respectful way to speak of your idol’s underage daughter. Kelly claims the tweet got him banned from the Shade45 radio station and caused other issues in his career. A claim that is not surprising considering who Eminem is in the music industry.
No Reason And Not Alike
Fast forward to 2018, and the feud between the two rappers began going public after Kelly hit Eminem with subliminal disses when he was featured on Tech N9ne’s song “No Reason.” Eminem responded to Kelly by calling the rapper out by name in his song “Not Alike” from his tenth album “Kamikaze.”
Social Media Weigh-In
The jabs from the two rappers boiled over to a feud that over a half billion people watched unfold on YouTube alone. It was a new twist on the classic story of David vs Goliath. Kelly decided to face off against the Rap God despite his overwhelming influence in the industry. On Facebook Kelly has 4,949,643 followers compared to Eminem’s 83,458,397. On Instagram Eminem has 25.8 million followers to Kelly’s 4.7 million. On YouTube Eminem has an impressive 38 million subscribers to Kelly’s 4.8 million. Finally on Twitter Eminem holds 22.5 million followers to Kelly’s 1.25 million. Just comparing the social media presence of the two rappers shows Kelly had a hard fight in front of him, but many were impressed with what happened next.
Kelly struck at Eminem with a surprisingly impressive diss track. While the song may have been lacking to a degree lyrically, there were some strong blows towards Eminem. The song even got a positive review from D12’s Bizarre. Bizarre said it was some of Kelly’s best work in his entire career, but then ended the video letting Kelly know there was going to be repercussions, and he was not lying.
Bizarre was right and Eminem responded with Killshot. The majority of fans gave Eminem the victory out of the two diss tracks. Eminem managed to flip the majority of Kelly’s best attacks against him and played him off as nothing more than an obsessive fan. In the rap, Eminem says “This is it, as big as you’re gonna get, so enjoy it. Had to give you a career to destroy it!”
Overall, both songs performed extremely well on YouTube, but Killshot hands down outperformed Rap Devil. Kelly only managed to compete thanks to the WORLDSTARHIPHOP YouTube channel that also uploaded Rap Devil to their over 20 million subscribers. Through Kelly’s YouTube channel, Rap Devil only pulled 15,492,209 views. On the WSHH channel it received 234,518,343 views. Meanwhile, Eminem’s audio only upload of Killshot on his YouTube received 283,656,384 views. Killshot actually became the highest 24-hour YouTube debut for a hip-hop video, along with the third-highest music video debut overall. It is really no surprise why people gave Eminem the victory.
Aside from a few interviews and a jab or two on Instagram from Kelly, the feud appeared to have been over. Kelly may not have come out on top of the battle, but he had earned the respect of many. That is why so many people seem confused after Kelly took jabs once again at Eminem in his new song “Floor 13.” Floor 13 opens with the lyrics, “I just spent too many minutes watching little videos of shitty wannabe rappers dissing me/I just spent the winter livin’ after someone tried to send a kill shot, missin’ me’” Then again Kelly appears to reference Eminem in the lyric “One legend that tried to f*ck with me and then got the venom.”
It is doubtful Eminem will respond to Kelly’s latest diss, especially since social media users seem confused and are mainly taking it as Kelly “clout chasing” to heighten his career. Kelly is going to have to get a lot more creative and step up his game if he is going to lure Eminem back for a round two.