In the second part of his sit-down interview with Sway Calloway, Eminem explained why he chose to fire shots at Machine Gun Kelly on his new album Kamikaze.
The “Fall” rapper unleashed his anger on the new record, taking aim at his critics and a whole host of his hip-hop contemporaries who he felt had slighted him in recent years. One of those people was Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who Eminem dissed on his track “Not Alike”, alluding to comments MGK had made about his daughter Hailie.
“The thing he was saying about my daughter, I didn’t even know about that,” Eminem told Sway, explaining that he found out about it over a year later when going down “a f***ing wormhole on YouTube.”
“I see ‘Machine Gun Kelly talks about Eminem’s daughter’ or whatever. I’m like ‘what the f***?’ I click on it… he starts doing a press run, basically, about Hailie. I’m like ‘what the f***? Yo, my man better chill.”
In 2012, MGK tweeted that Eminem’s then 16-year-old daughter was “hot as f***.”
“But the reason I dissed him is actually a lot more petty than that,” Em continued, revealing that he took offense to comments MGK made in a freestyle, where he accused Eminem of trying to hinder his career by banning him from Shade 45 radio.
“I don’t give a f*** about your career. You think I actually f***ing think about you?” Eminem exclaimed. “You know how many f***ing rappers are better than you? You’re not even in the f***ing conversation.”
After more subliminal shots from MGK towards the Grammy-winning artist on a Tech 9ne song, Eminem said he felt he was put in a “weird” position, where he had to respond.
“Now I’m in this f***ing weird thing, because I’m like, ‘I gotta answer this motherf***er. And every time I do that, it makes that person – as ‘irrelevant’ as people say I am in hip-hop – I make them bigger by getting into this thing, where I’m like ‘I want to destroy him. But I also don’t want to make him bigger.'”
That is how he currently feels about responding to MGK’s latest diss track, “Rap Devil”, which Eminem admitted, “wasn’t bad… for him.” Overall though, despite “a couple of good lines,” Eminem said, “It didn’t even feel like a diss to me. It just felt, like, pitiful.”
Earlier in the interview, Eminem touched on his beef with former labelmate Joe Budden, who has been highly critical of the Detroit rapper’s recent music. In his song “Fall”, Eminem dissed Budden by referencing his alleged domestic abuse.
“It was a tap,” Em said of the diss. “But I feel like the reason I had to do that is because, like I said, there’s a fine line between saying, ‘You know what? This guy’s been really cool with me […] So I’m not going to go in on ‘Untouchable’ like that.” In a previous interview, Budden called Em’s “Untouchable” track “f***ing trash.”
“To be the worst song you’ve ever heard in your life? Have you listened to your own s***?” Em said. “Do you not listen back? Because if that’s the worst f***ing song you’ve ever heard in your life? I don’t know.”