It has been two years since Machine Gun Kelly (legal name Colson Baker) and Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor had their massive beef. It was a hell of a time for the two artists, with Baker publicly dissing Slipknot and Taylor clapping back at the rapper-turned-pop-punk musician.
But in all the time that has passed, both Baker and Taylor have done a lot of reflecting. In his documentary Life In Pink, MGK reflected on the beef, even admitting that he should have reached out to Taylor. Then in an interview from earlier this year, Taylor spoke about the past beef, saying that he hopes he and MGK “can both respect each other.”
During a more recent interview Taylor took part in with the Steve-O’s Wild Ride! podcast, the topic of his past beef with Machine Gun Kelly came up once again. After the Slipknot frontman talks about some personal growth he’s gone through, co-host Paul Brisske brings up how that growth also reflects how Taylor handled the beef between him and MGK. In response, the Slipknot vocalist talks about how he came to realize that there are similarities between him and Baker; he also talks about how things got out of hand, and how they both did their part to put the beef to rest.
In response to Brisske saying that Taylor handled the beef well and sort of “big brothered” Baker, Taylor shares the following reflection (as transcribed by The Pit):
“Oh dude, I would have been such an asshole 20, even 15 years ago. Cause even back then, as much as I was trying to get a hold on my ego, I was still leaning into it. I was still just kind of a dog off a chain, really. What I had to realize is that there are certain things about him that I identify with; we’re both big personalities, we both have massive mouths. We both love the sound of our fucking voice, let’s put it that way. But I can admit that, I’m not gonna be the asshole who goes ‘I’m too together for that shit.’ Fuck that. I’m an asshole, I can be. The fact that I was able to go ‘You know what? I had just as much to blame about that situation as he did.’ I think people didn’t realize that; people just wanted to pick a side instead of look at what was going on. It wasn’t until we both kinda sat – cause he did it in that interview and then I did it later talking to Allie from Spotify – we were able to both go, ‘I was a dick and I ran off at the fucking mouth and it turned into some shit.’ That’s one of the reasons why we don’t talk about it. It got brought up yesterday and I said the same thing, I was like ‘I think we both handled it’ – we both let it explode, but then we both were like ‘This has gone too far.’
“I even cut off fans who come up to me and scream ‘Fuck MGK!’ I’m like, ‘Okay, that was two years ago, it’s fine man, it’s done and buried, and we’re not going there.’ I wish him some peace and I hope he wishes me some peace. That’s where it needs to stay. It’s the shit where you start gnawing at it like a bone that can make you fucking break your teeth on something like that.”
In response to this, Steve-O chimes in and agrees that Taylor handled the matter well. While the frontman is appreciative of the sentiment, he also admits that Machine Gun Kelly was the “bigger person” for what he said in his respective interview about the beef. Taylor then goes on to share that, after stewing on what Baker expressed, he came to realize MGK was “absolutely right.” Per Taylor:
“I appreciate it. But I will say this, man: he was the bigger person after that, in that interview where he said he probably handled it wrong. [Paul chimes in and says ‘Because he was the first to say that’]. I don’t know, to be honest, I know there was some back and forth for a minute. I remember saying to myself – I think I was the first one to go ‘We’re done talking about this. We’re not going to talk about this anymore.’ Because I think we both realized where we were at. Then I think, maybe because of that, he went in that interview and said what he did, and that made me go, ‘You know what? He’s absolutely right.’ That’s where I came in and was like we’re both big personalities, we both have very healthy egos, and we both want to fucking rule the rock world. I mean, why not? That’s the one thing I was built to do.”
After this, Taylor mentions that Machine Gun Kelly is a friend of Slipknot member Sid Wilson, and with Baker being from Ohio (and Taylor from Iowa), the two have likely had similar struggles growing up. In all the years that have passed since this beef was a thing, how do you look back on what went down between Corey Taylor and Machine Gun Kelly?