Earlier this month, Eminem dropped surprise album ‘Kamikaze‘ – loaded with controversial moments and taking aim at many others with a number of ‘diss tracks‘. Among them was Machine Gun Kelly who came under attack on the song ‘Not Alike’. Kelly then hit back with the diss track ‘Rap Devil‘ – mocking his single ‘Rap God’.
Now in his first interview since the album’s release, Eminem has revealed the real reason for the feud. In part 2 of the interview with Sway, he revealed that it was not because he called his daughter Halie ‘hot as fuck‘.
Instead, he took aim at Kelly after he claimed that Eminem was attempting to hinder his career by banning him from his music channel Shade 45.
“The reason that I dissed him is because he got on—first he said, ‘I’m the greatest rapper alive since my favorite rapper banned me from Shade 45,’ or whatever he said, right? Like I’m trying to hinder his career”, Eminem told Sway. .
“I don’t give a fuck about your career. You think I actually fuckin’ think about you? You know how many fuckin’ rappers that are better than you? You’re not even in the fuckin’ conversation.”
Eminem also took aim at Machine Gun Kelly’s verse on Tech N9ne’s ‘No Reason (The Mosh Pit Song)’ – which sees claiming that Eminem is “just rap and not God”.
“Now I’m in this fuckin’ weird thing, because I’m like, ‘I gotta answer this motherfucker,'” he said.
“And every time I do that, it makes that person—as ‘irrelevant’ as people say I am in hip-hop—I make them bigger by getting into this thing, where I’m like ‘I want to destroy him. But I also don’t want to make him bigger.’ You know what I’m saying?
Because now you’re a fucking enemy’ […] I’ll leave it at that. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do at this point right now.”
Eminem also admits he heard Kelly’s diss track ‘Rap Devil’, admitting it wasn’t “bad for him. He’s got some good lines in it.”
On the track, Kelly claims that Eminem called P.Diddy in an attempt to receive an apology from him.
“I’ve never made a fuckin’ call to Diddy. Are you fuckin’ kidding me?”, Eminem hit back.
“[…] It didn’t even feel like a diss to me. It just felt, like, pitiful.”
He also confirmed rumours that he’s already been working on a response to Kelly.
The feud dates back to 2012 over comments Machine Gun Kelly made about Eminem’s daughter on social media, tweeting that she was “hot as fuck.”
Since the comments, Machine Gun Kelly alleged that he was banned from various media outlets and in a freestyle with the LA Lakers he rapped: “I’m my favourite rapper alive since my favourite rapper banned me from Shade 45.” Before the feud, Machine Gun Kelly often cited Eminem as one of his greatest influences. Now, he’s described their rift as ‘a battle between the past and the future’.
Speaking of Eminem’s follow-up diss track to Kelly, Shady Records producer Mr Porter said: “Right now, he in there working. We doing something else right now, but trust me, we’ll get to it. I’ll tell you this: I wouldn’t wanna be [Machine Gun Kelly]. I
“It’s great that you took that opportunity and did that, hey, kudos to you, good for you. The one thing that I’m worried about . . . You remember when Thanos threw that whole planet at Iron Man? [It will be like that].”