The two rappers have been actively feuding in public in the past few weeks following the release of Eminem’s new album ‘Kamikaze’, which contained a track (‘Not Alike’) which saw Eminem tear into Kelly. The song reignited a tension between the two which dates back to 2012 over comments Kelly made about the 45-year-old’s daughter on social media.
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Kelly and Eminem have since exchanged diss tracks, with the former’s ‘Rap Devil’ being met with Em’s fiery ‘Killshot’ – with both tracks having been produced by the same person. Kelly responded to ‘Killshot’ by announcing a brand new EP ‘Binge’, which is due on Friday (September 21).
However, some fans have now theorised that the beef between Eminem and Kelly is actually being staged by higher powers. The reasons behind this new theory have ranged from the fact that the two artists are signed to the same label (Interscope), to a screenshot of Kelly’s SoundCloud page which apparently shows that ‘Rap Devil’ was first uploaded online six months ago – and was only taken off ‘private’ on September 8.
That latter reason has been disputed by some, though – with a number of people pointing out that, due to the lingering discord between the two rappers, Kelly may have had a version of ‘Rap Devil’ prepared and in his locker in anticipation of the kind of beef that he is now engaged in with Eminem.
See a selection of the theories about the ‘staged’ beef between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly below.
Emiem/MGK beef is a scam to promote their albums. (Kamikaze and Binge). Ronny J and Ronald Spence Jr. are the same person. He co-wrote and produced “Rap Devil” for MGK and did production on “Not Alike” (Eminem’s diss to MGK on Kamikaze) and “The Ringer” for Eminem. pic.twitter.com/Fum4RWQ0GW
— Ryan Fairbanks (@RFairbanks9) September 17, 2018
I am now convinced. Eminem and MGK just staged this whole beef thing to boost their sales ?
— ? First of His Name ? (@IAmDougieVee) September 19, 2018
I swear to god if @Eminem staged this beef…. ???
— Morior Invictus ? (@Mario_06_) September 18, 2018
Earlier this week, Machine Gun Kelly was reportedly booed by fans at a Fall Out Boy show for performing the Eminem diss track ‘Rap Devil’.