Diss tracks are personal responses to hate words, other diss songs, or to get revenge on a fellow artist for their own competitive beef. In 2017, many YouTube artist release diss track after diss track on each other which resulted in the gain of followers. In contrast, regular record label artist hasn’t been beefing much until the heat between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. Also, in recent news, Eminem has thrown shots at Machine Gun Kelly (MGK). Yet, only the male rappers have made diss tracks towards one another and the fans are taking sides on each song. Which diss track is better than the other? I’m going to break down each song by the musical instrumental, lyrics/metaphors used, and overall message.
Disstrack– A hip hop or rap recording intended to disparage or attack another person or group.
Origin of beef:
Six years ago, Machine Gun Kelly (21 years old) tweeted on social media that,
(The Picture is from Vibe website, 2015)
Apparently, a single tweet set off the beef between the two rappers. The online article states, “At the time of the tweet, MGK was 21 years old, and Mathers was 16. In an interview with Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning, Machine Gun Kelly noted that the single 140-character comment still has effects on his career.” (Vibe Magazine)
In other words, I can sense Eminem’s anger as a father for another grown man to publicly say his daughter is hot. Yet, was it necessary for Eminem to respond several years later, or can this be a well-planned out revenge plot? In August 2018, Eminem puts out a new album “Kamikaze”, where he takes his shot at MGK in the song, “Not Alike”. As a result, on September 3, 2018, MGK responds with a diss track, “Rap Devil”. In addition, the following week, Eminem made a counter diss track, “Killshit”.
Machine Gun Kelly “Rap Devil”
Beat: The beat is both slow and fast. I mainly can hear the slow beat which sounds like a car honking its horn in a deep tone instead of a high pitch alarm. MGK flows with the beat he chooses, but it’s not impressive or anything.
Lyrics: “Took you six years and a surprise album just to come with a diss”, “The big bad bully of rap game can’t take a fu***in’ joke”, “I got all my shit without Dre producing me.” These are just a few lines from his song.
Message: He is upset that Eminem is still bothered by what he said six years ago. On the contrary, has he even apologized? As a father, wouldn’t you want to protect your kid as well? These are the questions MGK needs to consider besides attacking Eminem and his rapping talent.
Eminem “Kill Shot”
Beat: Eminem beat is a typical Eminem beat with the street vibe and diverse melody. He flows perfectly with his beat whether he slows down or speeds up the metaphors. He wanted his words to match the beat and it works.
Lyrics: “But how you gonna name yourself after a damn gun and have a man-bun?”, “But I’m 45 and I’m still outselling you, By 29, I had three albums that had blew”, “you’d look up to me, and for the record you would suck a d*** to f**in’ be me for a second”. Whoa, whoa.
Message: Eminem takes a humble approach to respond to MGK by answering every metaphor he said in “Rap Devil”, and turning each shot into more ammo for him. Throughout the rap, Eminem does not take any personal shots at MGK but sends out a warning about the lies he is telling.
The beef between Eminem and MGK is understandable, yet, irreverent. Eminem had enough time to respond to MGK’s comment about Halsey, but he decides to wait. Plus, there is no other news about MGK makes moves towards Halsey about forming a relationship, or not. In contrast, MGK is continuously picking at Eminem, which caused this beef to resurface again. I know MGK has been dealing with his own internal turmoil, but for him to pick at Rap Legend like, Eminem, is hurting only his career. So, which song do I prefer over the other? Killshot by Eminem, the lyrics are good (solid metaphors) and the message is clear for MGK to comprehend: don’t mess with the rap game.