Eminem vs. Machine Gun Kelly | People Are Asking The Wrong Question

Unless you don’t have internet access or are completely isolated from modern culture (which is respectable), you’ve probably heard of the recent “beef” that’s been going on between rappers Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) and Eminem. Before I go on my little rant, I want to state that I am not a historian, nor a professional journalist, so if you are looking for an in-depth explanation of how the quarrel started and what specific things are motivating the two individuals, you may not find that information here.

What you will find is a healthy dose of common sense that, in my opinion, has been very absent.

So, if you’ve read this far along, you are probably expecting me to talk about the two songs, “Rap Devil” and “Killshot”, by MGK and Eminem, respectively. In the discussion of the two songs, you are probably expecting me to address the question that everyone has been asking.

“Who won?”

Every time I get asked this question, I stop people in their tracks. Why? Because it’s too vague of a question. People want to know who “won”, but there are so many different ways to define “winning” in this situation. Let’s analyze the different ways we can look at who “won” this . . . whatever you want to call it.

Maybe, what you mean to say is “who was successful?” To be quite honest, there has never been a more obvious answer to a question in the history of obvious answers to questions. To answer the question as to who was successful in this situation, please read the following statement very carefully:

When an entertainer gets a million bajillion views on a piece of entertainment content, that piece of content brings them tons of publicity, notoriety, exposure, and even money.

Now read this:

MGK and Eminem got a million bajillion views right? So they both won, if we are talking about practical success. There is no debate. Let me give you a scenario to put it into perspective:

My dad runs a grocery store. It’s not a mom-and-pop store but it’s a small chain. So let’s say, hypothetically, this small-ish grocery store makes a commercial that just bashes Walmart. And let’s say, as a response, Walmart puts out a commercial that does the exact same thing to the small store. Let’s say, hypothetically, Walmart’s ad is a million times better than the competitor as far as content quality. But guess what: the small store gains way more publicity than it ever had before. It’s the same kind of scenario.

Back to the whole rap game drama, another way of looking at the “who won” question would be the musicality, lyricism, and performance of the actual songs. I feel like this is what people are actually talking about when asking the question, but it is important that we make the distinction between whether we are talking about success or the content of the two competitors. As far as content, Eminem absolutely destroyed Kelly, but what do you expect from someone who has read the dictionary front to back? Let’s get real.

All publicity is good publicity. Machine Gun Kelly didn’t want to out-perform Eminem. Kelly wanted to gain exposure. And that’s exactly what happened.


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