Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has delivered a knockout blow to Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) via Twitter as the beef between the two artists intensifies.
In the latest instalment of a feud that has taken over the internet over the past day or so, Taylor has posted a series of tweets during which he calls MGK a 'child' and provides proof that MGK's claim that Taylor was 'bitter' because he knocked back Taylor's feature on a track for his megahit pop-punk record Tickets To My Downfall is a blatant lie.
In the first of his tweets Taylor offers the following:
"I don't like people airing private shit like a child. So this is all I’ll say: I didn’t do the track because I don’t like when people try to ‘write’ for me. I said no to them. So without further ado.... #receipts. This is all I'm going to say about it."
The 'receipts' take the form of a pair of screenshots of emails he received from MGK collaborator and pop-punk legend, Blink 182's, Travis Barker.
In the first email, Barker who worked on Tickets to My Downfall with MGK states that MGK loved what Taylor apparently sent them, and pasted a couple of notes from MGK.
In the email, MGK said in response to Taylor's parts that "he fucking killed it" and is "honoured" that he agreed to feature on the track. MGK also indicates he has added a bridge and second half to Taylor's verse, inspired by and intended to sound like Taylor's parts on Slipknot's Psychosocial.
The second email features Taylor's response to the first email in which he politely rejects the feature opportunity saying:
So I listened to the ideas and to be honest, I don't think I'm the right guy for the track. Nothing personal, I just think if this is what MGK is looking for, someone else is the guy to do it. It's all good and I'm stoked for him — I hope you guys find the right fit for it. Hope you understand and I wish you guys the best with it. If I can help in any way, let me know.
You can see both of Taylor's tweets and the email screenshots below.
I don’t like people airing private shit like a child. So this is all I’ll say: I didn’t do the track because I don’t like when people try to ‘write’ for me. I said NO to THEM. So without further ado…. #receipts
This is all I’m going to say about it. pic.twitter.com/pkhweg1Ptn
— SHRED DJENT REDEMPTION (@CoreyTaylorRock) September 20, 2021
Taylors tweet is a direct response to MGK's inflammatory claim that he rejected Taylor's verse.
You can find that tweet below.
corey did a verse for a song on tickets to my downfall album, it was fucking terrible, so i didn’t use it.
he got mad about it, and talked shit to a magazine about the same album he was almost on.
yalls stories are all off.
just admit he’s bitter.
— blonde don (@machinegunkelly) September 20, 2021
That tweet from MGK was of course itself a retaliation to the backlash that MGK has received from Slipknot fans after he appeared to initiate the feud via a seemingly unprovoked verbal attack of Slipknot onstage at RiotFest over the weekend where both bands played. In the video below MGK can be heard to clearly say the following:
"Hey, you wanna know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old wearing a fucking weird mask on a fucking stage. Fucking shit. So anyway, what’s everyone’s favorite candy? Reese’s Pieces?”
Unprovoked as it might seem, MGK's onstage outburst is thought to actually be a response to an interview that Taylor gave to Cutters Rockcast earlier in the year when he took several bold shots at MGK.
"The young artists that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that's been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new — even though it's completely derivative. "You know the band they're ripping off — they're not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they're ripping off one band. But the younger generation picks them up and says, 'This is our blah blah blah,' because they're tired of old people telling them that the music that came before them was better. And I don't know who's right, but I know both are wrong, because we should be encouraging everything." "I'm just as bad. I'm the worst old fogey dude shaking his cane ever. And I hate everything. I hate all new rock for the most part. I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock — and I think he knows who he is. But that's another story.”
It is hard to tell if this is some form of a genius marketing plan from two of the biggest mouths in the modern music business, or if this is a genuine feud, either way, it is keeping us all very entertained at Maniacs HQ and we can't wait to see what happens next. Your shot, MGK.
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