Corey Taylor touched on his feud with rapper-turned-rocker Machine Gun Kelly during a fan Q&A session on this year’s ShipRocked Cruise.
In the fan-shot video below, the clip begins with Taylor quipping, “I had to allow one more [question],” which was followed by a slew of laughs. ”
He continues, “For those of you that don’t know, MGK doesn’t like me very much. And let me follow that up by saying I don’t care. I won’t fill you in on the whole f—ing story because you can go online and look it all up. However, I will say this: he maintains that I started it. The truth is he started it. Now, I will explain to you why.”
Taylor explains, “If you don’t know, they asked me to do a tune with him. They sent it to me. I didn’t dig it. And I tried to do something with it because of my respect for Travis [Barker], because he and I worked together before. They sent me these really weird notes and they wanted me to sing his words. And I just said, ‘I’m not gonna do it.’ And I sent an e-mail. I posted that e-mail. And I didn’t hear back from him. And I thought it was done.”
He continues, “Fast forward about eight months, and Machine Gun Kelly is doing this weird Instagram Live interview with Allie from Spotify. And he goes off on this f—ing rant about rock stars and comfortable shoes. It sounds as smart as you think it is. … I mean, spit was coming out of his face. And I’m watching it and I’m going, ‘You f—. You’ve been here for five minutes, basically, and you’re gonna f—ing run your mouth about bands that have been doing this for 20 f—ing years, like in the mud, in the dirt. They’re gonna wear whatever the f— they want. You’re gonna walk in here with your f—ing black tongue and try to talk some s— on some bands that would f—ing circle your ass? F— you.'”
Taylor adds, “So when I had my opportunity to say something, I did. And I didn’t call him out. I just said what I said about people failing in one genre and sliding over to another. And that upset him. … Weirdly, we’re in Chicago on the same show, and we’re playing basically at the same time. And he wasn’t happy that there were a lot of people at our show — and I do mean a lot. But he, to this day, maintains that I started it. It’s, like, the only reason I said what I said is because he said what he said.”
Taylor says, “You don’t get to walk into a genre with the history, with the work… The fact that this genre really doesn’t get the f—ing respect that it deserves. You don’t get to walk in as some weird substitute teacher and pretend that you can tell us what to wear — boots, shoes, house f—ing shoes, slippers. Why don’t you suck every inch of my d—? You don’t get to do that. And these are bands that maybe I don’t even f—ing know, but guess what? I f—ing respect them because they get on f—ing stage and they f—ing give every f—ing thing they’ve got.”