Machine Gun Kelly, Who Dyed Tongue Black, Thinks It’s Weird Slipknot Wear Masks

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2021 Billboard Music Awards - Backstage - Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images
2021 Billboard Music Awards - Backstage - Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images

UPDATE (9/21): Machine Gun Kelly and Corey Taylor have taken their bickering to the final frontier — Twitter. On Monday, September 20th, MGK explained his side of the beef, saying Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor had recorded a verse for a song on Tickets to My Downfall, but “it was fucking terrible, so I didn’t use it.” MGK added: “He got mad about it, and talked shit to a magazine about the same album he was almost on. Y’all’s stories are all off. Just admit he’s bitter.”

About an hour later, Taylor replied: “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.” Taylor proceeded to produce some “#receipts” in the form of an email exchange between him and Tickets to My Downfall co-producer, Travis Barker. Barker’s initial email included some notes from MGK — among them, “Can u tell him he fuckin killed it and I’m so stoked and HONORED he is even on it wtf !!!!” and “fuck yea tell him he rocks” — but in his reply, Taylor admitted that he wasn’t feeling some of the musical changes MGK was suggesting.

“I listened to the ideas and to be honest, I don’t think I’m the right guy for the track,” Taylor wrote. “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.”

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Machine Gun Kelly, hot off his red carpet “bout” with Conor McGregor at the MTV Video Music Awards, kept his fighting spirit alive by taking a few shots at Slipknot during their competing sets at Riot Fest in Chicago Sunday night, September 19th.

A fan-shot video captured MGK — a 31-year-old who recently dyed his tongue black — quipping in between songs, “Hey, you want to know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old wearing a fucking weird mask on a fucking stage, talking shit.” After a brief pause, MGK changed the subject, cracking, “So, anyway, what’s everyone’s favorite candy? Reece’s Pieces?” (For the sake of accuracy, only one member of Slipknot’s current lineup is older than 50.)

Per the Chicago Sun-Times, Machine Gun Kelly slipped in another dig at Slipknot, saying, “Turn the lights up. Let me see who chose to be here instead of with all the old weird dudes with masks.”

A rep for Slipknot did not immediately return Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.

Petty as MGK’s patter may have been, it’s possible it was prompted by an insult previously leveled at him by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. Back in February, Taylor appeared on the podcast, Cutter’s Rockcast, where he bemoaned the current state of rock music and appeared to take a swipe at MGK when he said, “I hate all new rock for the most part. Well, the ‘artists’ who failed in one genre and decided to go rock — I think he knows who he is. But that’s another story.”

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