Eminem returned fire at Machine Gun Kelly with his bold new diss track “KILLSHOT,” which dropped on Sept. 14. The Detroit native rapper’s heated lyrical response follows MGK’s retaliatory track “Rap Devil,” which dropped 11 days prior on Sept. 3 and was a clapback to “Take Down,” which also hails from Eminem’s newly-released surprise album Kamikaze.
Eminem takes direct aim at MGK in “KILLSHOT” lines “How you gonna name yourself after a damn gun and have a man bun?” and “I’m 45 and I’m still outselling you” as well as “I’d rather be 80-year-old me than 20-year-old you.”
All the hits from the latest lyrical sparring round answer multiple jabs Machine Gun Kelly took at Eminem in “Rap Devil.” MGK dropped his track a week after Em released Kamikaze as a play on “Rap God.” Among the “Rap Devil” slams were the lines “Last time you saw “8 Mile” was at home on a treadmill.” Em throws out a “KILLSHOT” responsive punch by saying, “I’m really sorry you want me to have a heart attack/Was watchin’ 8 Mile on my NordicTrack/Realized I forgot to call you back.”
Fan camps remain fiercely loyal to their respective artist via streams of divisive comments on social media throughout the heated lyrical exchange between the two rappers. MGK took to Twitter and posted a “KILLSHOT” response on Sept. 14, expressing his opinion with a series of emojis, which include a toilet and a “Rap Devil” reference via a “Dancing with the Stars” judging panel still shot with judges holding score paddles in a “6 6 6” sequence.
Kamikaze dropped on Aug. 31 as a surprise to Eminem’s ardent international fan base. The album quickly became Eminem’s ninth consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart. MGK’s most recent album bloom dropped last year and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on Billboard’s U.S. Top R & B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Machine Gun Kelly is touring with Fall Out Boy on the M A N I A Tour, which includes a stop at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Sept. 21 (Tickets) and a stop the next week on Sept. 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (Tickets).
Listen to Eminem’s “KILLSHOT” track above and check out MGK’s Twitter post below. It remains to be seen whether MGK will extend the ongoing rap battle into the next round.