Killshot” by Eminem
“Killshot” is a diss song by the iconic American hip hop recording artist Eminem. The song is purely in response to the diss song “Rap Devil” by fellow rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
In “Rap Devil“, MGK made fun of a number of things about Eminem, including his “ugly” beard and his “old” age. About a week after MGK released “Rap Devil”, Eminem responded viciously with “Killshot”. The brutal lyrics of the song see Eminem do nothing but take numerous vicious shots at MGK – his primary target.
Disses Eminem heaps on Machine Gun Kelly in “Killshot”
Below are some of the interesting shots Eminem takes at MGK in this track:
Mocks MGK’s man bun
In his song “Rap Devil”, MGK had mocked Eminem for being named after a candy. Contrary to popular belief, Eminem didn’t get his name from chocolate candy M&Ms. He got it from his initials “M” for Marshall and “M” for Mathers. In this track, Eminem mocks MGK by asking him how he could name himself “after a damn gun and have a man bun”.
He (Eminem) is old but outsells young MGK
MGK earlier used Em’s age to mock him. However, Eminem tells him that he (Eminem) might be 45 but still outsells MGK. He goes on to tell MGK that by the time he (Eminem) was his age, he had released three successful albums.
“I’m 45 and I’m still outselling you
By 29 I had three albums that had blew”
Em goes on to say that he’d rather be an 80-year-old him than a 20-year-old MGK.
There are several other interesting shots Em fires at MGK in this song. However, most of them are so offensive, we find it difficult publishing them here.
Compares Machine Gun Kelly to the character Stan
In the song, Eminem compares MGK to the character Stan from his 2000 hit single “Stan”. Stan is a mentally unstable fan of Eminem who is totally obsessed with Eminem and everything about him. Stan’s intense obsession with Eminem ends with him killing himself and his pregnant girlfriend.
“Here’s that autograph for your daughter, I wrote it on a Starter cap
Stan, Stan, son”
In the line above from “Killshot”, Eminem basically calls MGK Stan. In so doing, he likens MGK’s obsession with him to the crazy obsession Stan had for him. FYI: The first line is borrowed from the lyrics of “Stan”.
Interestingly, prior to the feud, MGK was a huge fan of Eminem. He looked up to him and even tried copying his style.
Accuses Diddy of killing Tupac
In the course of attacking MGK, Eminem did something quite interesting and controversial. He accused Diddy (Sean John Combs) of putting out the hit that killed famed rapper Tupac. Below are the lyrics from “Killshot” in which Em accuses Diddy of Tupac’s murder:
“The day you put out a hit is the day Diddy admits he put out the hit that got Pac killed”
What Eminem is basically saying in the highly controversial line above is that the only time Machine Gun Kelly can ever release a hit song is the day Diddy finally confesses to murdering Tupac. And since Diddy will never do that, MGK will never be able to make a hit song.
Apparently knowing the controversy the accusation was going to cause, Eminem used the song’s outro to address Diddy. In addressing the rap mogul, he told him that he’s “just playing” and that he loves him.
Despite stating he was kidding, hours after “Killshot” was released, rapper Jay Electronica wasted no time slamming Eminem on Twitter for accusing Diddy of killing Tupac.
Insults Iggy Azalea
Em not only stepped on Diddy’s toes in the course of dissing Machine Gun Kelly in this track but he also stepped on those of rapper Iggy Azalea. What did Em say to Iggy? He name dropped her and referred to her as a “h*” in the line: “that Iggy h*”. And as expected, Iggy didn’t take too kindly to that. She therefore wasted no time also slamming Em on Twitter and referring to Em’s bars as “lazy bars”.
Below is one of the multiple tweets Iggy Azalea made in response to Eminem mentioning her in his diss track:
Mentions several other Celebrities
Iggy Azalea and Diddy are not the only celebrities Eminem mentions in “Killshot”. Some other famous names he mentions include the following: Rihanna, Swayze, Lil Tay, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Biggie, Ja Rule, Benzino, Halsey, G-Eazy and Joe Budden.
Facts about “Killshot”
- This diss track was penned solely by Eminem.
- Noted music producer Illa da Producer solely handled the song’s production.
- “Killshot” was officially released on September 14, 2018.
- Many have referred to this track as one of Eminem’s most vicious diss tracks as well as one of the best diss tracks of all time.
- Over the years, there have been an iconic rap feud. The feud between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly can be classified into this category.
- The song’s artwork in itself attacks MGK. The artwork shows a cartoon of the face of MGK inside of the scope of a weapon. In the picture, each of MGK’s eyes is covered by a red X.
Does “Killshot” have an official music video?
The song wasn’t released along with a music video. It’s currently not clear if Eminem and his team will release a music video of the song in future.
Has Machine Gun Kelly responded to “Killshot”?
Barely 24 hours after Eminem dropped this diss track, MGK took to Twitter to hit back at him. In his Twitter post, he mocked Eminem by saying he took “2 Weeks and 3 interviews” to respond to “Rap Devil”. Apparently, he is trying to say Eminem took too long to respond, which he finds unimpressive.
As if that wasn’t enough, he uploaded a picture of the panel of judges from the American TV series Dancing with the Stars. In the picture, each judge gave Eminem a score of 6/10 for his efforts on “Killshot”. Basically, MGK was mocking him. Below is MGK’s full tweet responding to Em’s “Killshot”:
Is this the first time Eminem and IllaDaProducer have worked together?
No. Illa da Producer (whose real name is Ray Illya Fraser) has worked with Eminem before. For example, multiple tracks on his 2018 album Kamikaze. Some of these tracks include “The Ringer” and “Lucky You“.
Does this track appear on the album Kamikaze?
No, it doesn’t. It was released about two weeks after Kamikaze came out.
How did Eminem’s feud with Machine Gun Kelly begin in the first place?
It started a number of years ago (in 2012 to be precise) when MGK made certain comments about Eminem’s daughter Hailie, which Eminem felt was very offensive. And what were these offensive comments? We hear you ask again. MGK had stumbled across a picture of Hailie online and said she was “hot as F—“.
It apparently took Eminem some years to hear these comments. And when he did, he mercilessly attacked MGK on his 2018 track “Not Alike”. That track can be found on his album Kamikaze.