Slipknot's Corey Taylor Calls Machine Gun Kelly a "Child" for Starting Drama over Failed Collaboration
Taylor decidedly did not get tickets to Kelly's downfall
As previously reported, Kelly used his opportunity behind the mic during his performance at Chicago's Riot Fest this past weekend to trash-talk fellow headliners Slipknot.
"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," Kelly told the crowd. "Fucking shit. So anyway, what's everyone's favourite candy? Reese's Pieces?"
You might find yourself wondering, 'Wow, does he really hate masks or middle-aged men that much?' Well, Kelly's dig wasn't necessarily unprompted. Without naming him, Taylor took a shot at Kelly's transition from hip-hop to rock during an interview with Cutter's Rockcast earlier this year.
It started with some general disdain for the youth, which evolved into a pretty direct commentary on Kelly's genre switch.
"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," Taylor said. Isn't everything, though?
"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," the rocker continued. "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." More recently, Taylor called Metallica's "Enter Sandman" the "Stairway to Heaven" of his generation.
Taylor continued: "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."
Now that story's unravelling right before our very eyes.
Post-Riot Fest, Kelly followed up his comments with a tweet on September 20 — revealing that Taylor had actually contributed a verse to his Tickets to My Downfall album. It didn't end up making the record because it was "fucking terrible," according to Kelly, which is what he believes prompted Taylor to talk shit in that interview. "[J]ust admit he's bitter," Megan Fox's boyfriend concluded.
corey did a verse for a song on tickets to my downfall album, it was fucking terrible, so i didn't use it.— blonde don (@machinegunkelly) September 20, 2021
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.
Oh, but it doesn't end there! Naturally, Taylor responded swiftly with a tweet of his own — and he brought the #receipts. "I don't like people airing private shit like a child," he began before delving into a counter-narrative to Kelly's, wherein the decision not to feature his verse on the track was of his own volition.
"I don't like when people try to 'write' for me," Taylor wrote, "I said NO to THEM." He took things a step further by attaching some screenshots of emails about the collaboration, exchanged between him and Travis Barker.
The email from Barker included some "notes from Kels" about the song. Kelly passed along the fact that he got "super inspired" after listening to the vocals Taylor contributed, saying that the metal heavyweight "fuckin [sic] killed it": "im [sic] stoked and HONORED [Taylor] is even on it wtf !!!!"
Meanwhile, the message from Taylor was that, after listening to the ideas, he didn't think he was "the right guy" to be on the song. "I just think if this is what MGK is looking for, someone else is the guy to do it," Taylor told Barker, claiming it was "nothing personal."
"It's ALL good and I'm stoked for him — I hope you guys find the right fit for it," Taylor added, wishing Kelly and Barker the best.
How did we get from that level of amicability to where we are now? That much remains a mystery. But knowing these two, they won't be able to stop themselves from speaking out about it at some point.
See the current last word from Taylor below, and check out where his Metallica cover landed on Exclaim!'s Blacklist ranking.
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— SHRED DJENT REDEMPTION (@CoreyTaylorRock) September 20, 2021
This is all I'm going to say about it. pic.twitter.com/pkhweg1Ptn
MGK recently got into a fight with UFC's Conor McGregor on the VMAs red carpet.