Fake News: Machine Gun Kelly Did NOT Release New M&M Diss Track Stating That He Prefers Skittles

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Machine Gun Kelly Did NOT Release New M&M Diss Track Stating That He Prefers Skittles

Did Rapper Machine Gun Kelly release another diss track going after Eminem, this time claiming he likes Skittles better than M&M candies? No, that's not true, there is no such song or video. The "news" about it was made up by a "fauxtire website" that got inspired by a poster to Reddit's "Onion Headlines" board. The news is not real.

The story originated from an article published by 8Shit on October 1, 2018 titled "Machine Gun Kelly Releases New M&M Diss Track Stating That He Prefers Skittles" (archived here) which opened:

Machine Gun Kelly went after M&M again. This time he disses M&M in a brand new (and not old) diss track, claiming that he prefers Skittles.

M&M was born in 1941, whereas Skittles was born in 1974. "About to be 77 years old, dog", MGK claims in his new diss track.

Even though M&M has sold more candy and has a wider market, Skittles is performing very well in the market, and is the favorite of many people.

Kelly (real name Richard Colson Baker) has a major beef with Eminem which culminated in him releasing the song "Rap Devil" mocking Em's status as "Rap God":

But the story about the new Skittles themed song came from the subreddit /r/onionheadlines on Reddit, where a user named "amerikitch" proposed following headline:

Machine Gun Kelly releases new M&M diss track stating that he prefers Skittles. * r/onionheadlines

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The "Onion Headlines" subreddit is a place where people can have a go at writing headlines similar to those found on famous satire website The Onion.

The writers at 8shit.net just took the idea and developed it into an article. There is no actual video by MKG comparing Eminem to Skittles. The site carries a disclaimer on its about page that reads:

8Shit is a satire and humor website.

It contains cutting edge satire on a diverse range of topics.

The website publishes fake news, shocking rumors and reports with incisive sarcasm, and humor.

We also post crazy real news which often sounds too good to be true.

And an additional disclaimer in the footer of every page:

8Shit is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those posts under the "serious" category) and shouldn't be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this website are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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