Eminem responds to Machine Gun Kelly


The feud between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly continues to heat up. Now that most of the rappers fans have heard Eminem’s lines about Kelly from his latest album, “Kamikaze,” and subsequently have also heard Machine Gun Kelly’s reaponse track, “Rap Devil.”

Now, Eminem has responded, but not in the way most rap fans and critics thought he might.

Reports of the 8 Mile rapper’s response came from outlets such as Detroit Free Press and E! News.

In short, the Michigan rapper seems unfazed by Kelly’s diss track. The rapper is reported as saying Kelly’s song was “pathetic,” and in another interview insinuated that he realizes that by giving rappers something to respond to, he made them relevant.

There is some credence to Eminem’s claim. Lately, when rappers have dissed each other or singers, the response track or album reaches No.1 on the appropriate chart.

Still, this is not the response most fans have been waiting for. Fans have wanted to hear Eminem attack Kelly mercilessly. And maybe that will still happen. Perhaps the interviews are the precursors to the lyrical attack Eminem will launch against Machine Gun Kelly.

With rhymes about Eminem’s age and his alleged falling off and lacking relevance, Machine Gun Kelly took a serious risk when he came after Eminem on “Rap Devil.”

However, it remains to be seen if the constant fighting will test fans’ patience. Maybe as long as the needs are legitimate, there will always be an audience for them.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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