Corey Taylor and Machine Gun Kelly address origins of apparent feud

Why have Machine Gun Kelly and Slipknot fallen out? Over a planned Corey Taylor collaboration on Tickets To My Downfall, apparently…

Corey Taylor and Machine Gun Kelly address origins of apparent feud
Emily Carter
Corey photo:
Ashley Osborn
MGK photo:
Jonathan Weiner

Following Machine Gun Kelly's already-infamous diss at Slipknot onstage at Riot Fest over the weekend, both MGK and Corey Taylor have detailed the origins of their apparent feud.

After causing a stir online following the call-out, Machine Gun Kelly took to Twitter to explain where he was coming when he called the metallers "50 years old wearing a fucking weird mask", with it all seemingly stemming from Corey planning to guest on last year's Tickets To My Downfall – but the collab didn't work out (both have differing reasons for this, though).

"Corey did a verse for a song on tickets to my downfall album, it was fucking terrible, so i didn’t use it," MGK wrote. "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."

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The Slipknot singer then responded with his own side of the story, sharing screengrabs of emails between himself and TTMD producer Travis Barker regarding the collab, captioning the pics: "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 emails show that MGK requested some other ideas for the verse that Corey had sent for a song called Can't Look Back – including using "his Psychosocial voice". Corey ultimately decided he didn't want to do it anymore.

"So I listened to the ideas and to be honest, I don't think I'm the right guy for the track," he replied to Travis. "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."

But that's not the end of it! MGK replied to Corey's screengrabs on Twitter by writing: "basically, your verse was really bad. respectfully, i was just telling you to rewrite it because it was really bad. respectfully."

He then added: "but let’s do a britney spears song cover together."

So… watch this space?!

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