Just when you were getting tired of the Drake and Kanye feud, along come Machine Gun Kelly and Corey Taylor with a juicy new music beef.

The whole world knows by now what happened at Riot Fest yesterday: MGK got an extra rush of cockiness and decided to put down Slipknot, who just so happened to be playing on a different stage at the same time. “Hey, you all know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing?

Being 50 years old, wearing a fuckin’ weird mask on a fuckin’ stage. Fuckin’ shit. So anyway, what’s every’s favorite candy? Reese’s Pieces?” You’ve got to admire the gall of a 30+ man who recently dyed his tongue black being annoyed at someone only 16 years older than him being theatrical.

After the barrage of media coverage that followed his onstage tirade, MGK took to social media to clarify his comments. “Corey did a verse for a song on Tickets To My Downfall album, it was fucking terrible, so I didn’t use it,” he wrote on Twitter. “He got mad about it, and talked shit to a magazine about the same album he was almost on. Y’alls stories are all off. Just admit he’s bitter.”

Someone like Corey Taylor wasn’t likely to take this quietly. Just one hour after MGK’s Twitter post, Taylor came back with the strongest rebuttal of all: hardcore evidence. Alongside two screenshots, he bitingly wrote, “I don’t like people airing private shit like a child. So this is all I’ll say: I didn’t do the track because I don’t like when people try to ‘write’ for me. I said no to them. So without further ado…. #receipts. This is all I’m going to say about it.”

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Without further ado indeed. The screenshots show an email exchange between Taylor and Travis Barker, the producer of MGK’s latest album. In the first email, Barker passes along notes from MGK (referred to as Kel). While he expresses how much he loved Taylor’s contribution, saying that he was honoured to have him on the track, MGK also tries to micromanage him, saying he recorded a demo track of how he thought Taylor should sing the song.

The second screenshot then shows Taylor’s measured response: “So I listened to the ideas and to be honest, I don’t think I’m the right guy for the track,” he said. “Nothing personal, I just think if this is what MGK is looking for, someone else is the guy to do it. It’s all good and I’m stoked for him — I hope you guys find the right fit for it. Hope you understand and I wish you guys the best with it. If I can help in any way, let me know.”

You can’t beat a nice twist in a high-profile beef, can you? It will be interesting to see how MGK responds to this now? He really does love taking on music iconoclasts. You’d think he’d have learned his lesson by now.

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