Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and rapper/rocker Machine Gun Kelly had a fairly lengthy and contentious back-and-forth having to do with MGK not liking Taylor’s guest spot on one of his songs. MGK said Taylor’s attempt to sing a verse on his “Tickets To My Downfall” album was “f*cking terrible,” and he claimed Taylor was bitter about it.
Taylor went on to reveal screenshot evidence that he actually declined to appear on the album. The Slipknot frontman was also quoted as saying: “I hate all new rock for the most part. I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock and I think he knows who he is,” alluding to MGK.
Last year, MGK admitted egos got in the way of the duo working together. MGK said in his “Life In Pink” documentary on Disney+: “It’s funny, the whole Slipknot issue — which really isn’t a Slipknot issue; it’s a Corey issue. That situation’s unfortunate because I think both of us let our egos get in the way.”
“You know, I was a fan of Slipknot,” MGK continued. “I was a fan of Corey. That’s why I’d asked him to get on ‘Tickets To My Downfall’. He obviously had mutual respect, too, because he cut a verse. I kind of tried to give notes back, like, ‘Oh, you know, this wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Can we try this?’ And respectfully he was, like, you know, ‘no.’ And I was like, ‘Okay. Cool.’ So we didn’t use it. You know, then I heard him on a podcast.”
“I could have handled it differently,” he concluded. “I should have just picked up the phone and been like hey dude, ‘why would you say that’? But, instead, we all acted ridiculous.”
In a new interview, Taylor told “The Allison Hagendorf Show” that he wants to make peace.
“Sometimes people are just gonna butt heads,” Taylor said. “He and I are very similar in certain ways, which — shock and awe — big-mouth singers; we are big-mouth singers. I appreciate that. And I guess sometimes… I know from my past mistakes that sometimes the words get out and I wish I could grab ’em.”
“It is what it is,” Taylor continued. “It’s one of those things where he and I will probably never be friends, but I’m sure we can both respect each other for what we do and what we’ve done and just move on. It’s stuff like that that it never needs to keep going. Once you’ve said your piece, that’s it. And a lot of times it’s the fans that carry it on, especially in this day and age with social media and everything. It happened, it was a moment and I made my peace with it. I’m assuming he did as well. And there’s that.”
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