(AllHipHop Opinion) Make no mistake about it, MGK is at the top of the charts with his scathing diss of Eminem in “Rap Devil.” The song is not like Remy Ma’s Nicki Minaj diss (“SHEther”) or Pusha T’s diss of Drake (“The Story of Adidon”), because it is a whole new song, not a reprise of somebody else’s hit. The song is at the top of iTunes now and it has leapt over every other song. It has to be a good feeling for MGK. Nobody else stepped up in any way or fashion. Joe Budden, a world class battle emcee, replied with a long, effective rant. Not a single bar though. And, Eminem? He has let a week go by with not a single new bar at Kelly, even though he licked off the first shot.
MGK is celebrating….for good reason.
Could it be that MGK was the one that would go on to topple Eminem? Probably not, but did he do sufficient damage to claim the win? Maybe. Remember, in 2018 - when you fire shots, the clock is on. MGK, the much younger man, understands this very clearly. He went and recorded 1) and original song 2) four full verses of flames and 3) a whole video for his former idol. That’s a lot even in this day and age of technology. Eminem’s Kamikaze stands as one of his better works, despite what these non-hip-hop-pop critics are saying. But, the shot clock expired a few days ago.
I think I know what Eminem is going through. He’s probably second guessing himself. You can tell he went all out on Kamikaze - only to get panned again!? I don’t think Eminem is reading the critical reviews from AllHipHop.com. He should, but I think he cares mostly about USA Today, who gave him a scalding negative review. Also, Eminem is a true writer in the old school sense and I bet he’s overthinking it. Thirdly, WE keep Em up to a standard so high that I don’t know that he can do it himself. MGK called him the “GOAT” so that means the bar is up there!
There is another thing that is likely swirling inside of Eminem. Mac Miller dying. Even thought the death happened well after ("well after" in internet terms) MGK's "Rap Devil," the truth is it would be in poor taste to reply "negatively" while people are mourning. And people are taking the death of the 26-year old rapper heavily. I met only met Mac twice and it hit me hard, since I met a young man full of life. On top of that, Drake squashed beef with Drake, Chris Brown and Kanye West over the weekend. The move was met with cheers all over the world. The tone of the entire Hip-Hop Nation changed in a week. Shoot, I wrote a full-fledged op-ed piece praising Eminem for Kamikaze and before I could print it, it was old. MGK replied. Then, Joe Budden. And even Shad Reed's glowing review happened. Beef mutates quickly like in a slaughterhouse.
Some say this is a silly beef and maybe it is. The whole foundation of it is pretty lame, but it’s still Hip-Hop. The battle is the very core of what we are. Outsiders don’t get it and they should stop trying, quite frankly. It’s like walking into another country and expecting the natives to speak England. How American of them.
Eminem is one of the greats, but he’s going to have to impose some modern criteria on himself right now. Some have already charged that his younger counterpart has already won, but I am not saying that. Both Mr. Porter and Bizarre have stated very matter-of-factly that there is an MGK response is forthcoming, but lets be honest. Time is of the essence these days, even if the result is a methodical murderous masterpiece. The same almost happened to Pusha T as “The Story of Adidon” came later than expected. All of that was erased when the now-classic record hit the internet with cover art to go with it. And all was right again.
The ball is in Em’s court. Now shoot the rock.