Killshot

Album: Not released on an album (2018)
Charted: 13 3

Songfacts®:

  • "Killshot" is the latest in a spate of diss tracks exchanged by Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly. Em threw out the first lyrical punch by targeting the Cleveland rapper on the Kamikaze track "Not Alike" which was a response to MGK's perceived takedown on Tech N9ne's "No Reason (The Mosh Pit Song)." Kelly then hit back with "Rap Devil," whose title was a poke at the Detroit MC's "Rap God."
  • The four-minute tirade is titled after the 2008 thriller movie Killshot, about married couple Wayne and Carmen Colson, who are targeted by an experienced Mafia hitman Armand Degas. Machine Gun Kelly's real name is Richard Colson Baker, and he often is called Colson in his private life.
  • Shady mimics MGK's flow from "Rap Devil" as he boasts about his success over two decades while portraying MGK as a younger rapper out of his depth.

    I'm 45 and I'm still outselling you
    By 29 I had three albums that had blew
    .

    Eminem pokes fun during the track at Machine Gun Kelly's name and his past hairstyle.

    How you gonna name yourself after a damn gun and have a man bun?

    The reference to his name is in response to MGK's "Rap Devil" lyric:

    You were named after a candy
    I was named after a gangster
  • The beat is courtesy of IllaDaProducer, who co-produced four Kamikaze tracks - "The Ringer" "Lucky You," "Normal" and "Good Guy."
  • The beat was originally intended for Giggs, but the British grime artist didn't take it up. IllaDaProducer explained to Genius that Giggs is always asking him "for these horror movie beats, so the producer came up with "something mean, gritty, grimy."

    IllaDaProducer added that he only thought of sending his beat to Eminem on the morning that MGK dropped "Rap Devil." He explained he was on vacation in Miami celebrating his four placements on Kamikaze when he saw MGK's diss. Straight away he went into his folder and looked for the "hardest beats possible." After checking with Giggs that he wasn't planning on using the instrumentation he immediately sent it to Eminem.

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