Machine Gun Kelly Blames Eminem Feud For Poor Album Sales

By Hayden Brooks

December 1, 2020

Machine Gun Kelly is pointing his target at Eminem once again.

In his new interview with Interview magazine, MGK recalled his infamous feud with Slim Shady and how the fuss impacted his fourth studio album, Hotel Diablo, for the worse. "As a hip-hop album, it's flawless front to back, and also a hint at the evolution of how I went into a pop-punk album," he said of the LP, which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with lackluster first-week sales of 39,000 equivalent album units. "But it was coming off the tail-end of that infamous beef [with Eminem]. So no one wanted to give it the time of day."

"It's like if you make a sh*tty movie and then you come out with a great movie right after, but people want to focus on the fact that they hated whatever you just did," he continued of the bad press. "What I did in the beef was exactly what it should be, but that project wasn’t welcomed. The next album came from already feeling like I’d counted out, so I didn’t even care what the public was going to think."

As for his most recent album, Tickets to My Downfall, the rapper said that the project has been least effected by outside variables or press and he's quite happy about that. "That’s why the project was ironically my best received one, because it was the most effortless, with the least outside influence," he said.

While their feud dates back to 2012, the two exchanged plenty of disses, most notably on Em's 2018 track "Not Alike" from Kamikaze and Kelly's follow-up "Rap Devil." Even though things settled down, MGK ignited the fire once again with this year's "Bullets with Names," where he rapped about killing a "G.O.A.T."

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