The White Boy Rap Wars
Since the beginning of mankind, wars have been waged. While some start as minor grievances and last merely hours or days, other conflicts balloon into full fledged battles which last decades and generations. Sometimes wars are the inevitable conclusion after intense build ups, but often times a chance event launches a domino effect, as was the case during WW1.
Eminem Goes All The Way In
After feeling a bit jaded towards the music industry (and the critics within) Eminem released the album Kamikaze. His most recent body of work was like a nuclear weapon. It topped the charts in dozens of countries while targeting any foe within ear shot. One of the rappers who ended up in Eminem’s scope was Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
Machine Gun Kelly Goes Too Far
MGK who worked his way up from the underground and built a solid fan base through touring, crossed a line by calling Haile Mathers (Eminem’s daughter) “Hot as F***” in a tweet. At time she was only 16 years old. Em would later explain in an an interview with Sway Calloway,
“The reason that I dissed him is because he got on—first what he said ‘I’m the greatest rapper alive since my favorite rapper banned me from Shade 45′ or whatever he said, right? Like I’m trying to hinder his career. I don’t give a f–k about your career. You think I actually f–king think about you? You know how many f–king rappers are better than you? You’re not even in the f–king conversation.”
Eminem’s disdain for Kelly would manifest itself as the following lines on “Not Alike” from the album Kamikaze
“He wants to keep up his tough demeanor, so he does a feature, decides to team up with nina/ But next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne, If you wanna come at me with a sub, Machine Gun
and Im talking to you, but you already know who the f*** you are Kelly, I don’t use sublime and sure as f*** don’t sneak diss, but keep commenting on my daughter Hailie”
Although Em had multiple rappers/ celebrities in his sights including Joe Budden, Lil Yachty, and Charlamagne the God (among others) it was Machine Gun Kelly who accepted the invitation to battle. He would respond with the music video “Rap Devil”. Obviously inspired and eager to do battle with a rap legend, MGK delivers some of the best bars of his career.
“Stop all the thuggery Marshall, you living in luxury (Damn)
Look what you done to me, dropped an album just because of me
Damn, you in love with me, you got money but i’m hungry, I like the diss, but you won’t say those lyrics in front of me”
Even if ever so reluctantly, the whole rap world knew Eminem would go back to the booth for some get back. This came via megaton bomb “Killshot”. This diss catered specifically to MGK quickly became the biggest debut for a Hip Hop artist ever on Youtube and made the war a household topic of conversation. It seemed like everyone, everywhere had an opinion or a side to take.
The War Is On
Shady records artist Yelawolf would drop “Shade”, a disrespect to Machine Gun Kelly. Jo Jo Pelligrino would release “Reaper”, going at Eminem, MGK, Macklamore and G Eazy. Blatantly annoyed by Em’s reference to Sean Puffy Combs putting out a hit on Tupac, rapper Jay Electronica made headlines after weighing in with harsh words on twitter. He would later go on to delete his whole twitter account. Former shady records artist Joe Budden, would respond not with bars, but with fiery words in his podcast. It seems more artists had been begrudgingly dragged into the White Boy Wars, as Eminem associate Bizzare, dropped a diss for Budden, and Electronica.
The War Continues
As each day unfolds this war proves to be one of Hip Hop’s most brutal in recent times. Each day we see another rapper or celebrity pulled into battle. Even fans have been beat up on social media by security guards for stepping onto the battlefield. Let’s just hope this war, stays on wax because so far it has inspired all of the participants to step up their bars, and battle tenaciously.
• Machine Gun Kelly Mentions Eminem’s Daughter In Tweet
• Eminem responds with vicious bars on Kamikaze’s “Not Alike”
• Machine Gun Kelly Responds with Eminem diss track “Rap Devil”
• Joe Budden responds via podcast to Eminem’s slights
• Eminem Responds to MGK on “Killshot”
• Yellawolf releases “Shade” MGK Diss
• Jo Jo Pelligrino releases “Reaper”
• Jay Electronica threatens Eminem with harsh words via Twitter
• Royce Da 5’9 warns all rappers not to mess with Eminem
• Jay Electronica deletes his twitter feed
• Bizzare releases “Love Tap” a Jay Electronica, and Joe Budden diss
• Bizzare ft.Rob Twizz Releases “Machine Gun Clips” – MGK Diss