Corey Taylor Posts E-Mails Proving He Turned Down a Guest Spot on Machine Gun Kelly’s Pop-Punk Album

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Yesterday, video circulated online of rapper-turned-actor-turned-pop-punk-singer Machine Gun Kelly dissing Slipknot onstage at Riot Fest (or trying to), seemingly in response to a slight from Slipknot singer Corey Taylor. Kelly took a moment onstage to say, Hey, you wanna know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old wearing a fucking weird mask on a fucking stage talking shit.” The Internet exploded, causing Kelly to follow this up with a claim that he rejected a verse by Taylor on his album — and which prompted Taylor to post e-mails suggesting otherwise.

After his outburst yesterday, Kelly went on Twitter, first playing the victim by writing, “very odd that when an artist talks shit, and i respond, i’m the bad guy.” He then wrote in a different tweet, “corey did a verse for a song on tickets to my downfall album, it was fucking terrible, so i didn’t use it. he got mad about it, and talked shit to a magazine about the same album he was almost on. yalls stories are all off. just admit he’s bitter.”

In response to this, Corey Taylor took to his own Twitter, writing, “I don’t like people airing private shit like a child. So this is all I’ll say: I didn’t do the track because I don’t like when people try to ‘write’ for me. I said NO to THEM. So without further ado…. #receipts
This is all I’m going to say about it.” Taylor then posted two screenshots of e-mails between him and drummer Travis Barker, in which Barker sent him notes from Machine Gun Kelly and Taylor opted to step away from the project.


Kelly has since responded to Taylor, writing, “basically, your verse was really bad. respectfully, i was just telling you to rewrite it because it was really bad. respectfully.  but let’s do a britney spears song cover together.”

He also posted the following tweet making Taylor’s reaction out to be some sort of anti-youth boomer argument:

We hope this whole back-and-forth is a lesson to everyone reading our pieces: be the bigger person. Don’t get onstage and insult an artist your desperately wanted to work with if they have the receipts to back up your petulance.

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