One of the casualties lost during Kamikaze’s aftermath was rapper, Machine Gun Kelly. Eminem called him out in the song, Not Like Us, for previous negative comments concerning his daughter. The Hunter laid his trap for the arrogant unsuspecting deer and waited. He didn’t have to wait long. MGK released a diss track called Rap Devil shortly after, already digging his grave with the title. MGK is a 28-year-old rapper who, based on the title of his diss track and the fact that he made it in the first place, believes he is on par with Eminem, the rap God. Not only on par but openly challenging Eminem’s reign of supremacy over the rap game which he acknowledges in the first couple lines of the track.
“Homie we get it, we know that you’re the greatest rapper alive.”
This was Jackie Chan versus The Karate Kid. This was Yoda versus Jar Jar Binks. And this was the moment Eminem needed to reinforce his top dog dominance over the ever-changing hip-hop community by making an example of an insolent pup. For 4 minutes and 14 seconds, Eminem completely decimates MGK with heavy hitting punchlines and a flow that rides the beat tighter than MGK’s man bun.
The one line that stuck with me was, “As long as I’m Shady, he gon’ have to live in my shadow.” This man paved the road for white rappers like MGK to even exist. Sometimes you need to remind people who their father is. When news broke out that MGK didn’t even write his own bars on Rap Devil, he was already deceased. Rumors circulated that fans booed him off the stage when opening for Fall Out Boy. Rest in Peace.
Whether this was all an ingenious plan by Eminem to restore some faith in his fans that he’s still got it at 45, or an old and bitter man’s last laugh is unknowable. Will Eminem respond to G-Eazy’s diss track or Joe Budden’s ridiculousness on The Breakfast Club interview, we also don’t know for sure. What we know for certain is that Eminem still has the ability to tap into that beast within we all know and love. All we can do is hope he taps into that beast on his next album.