Machine Head and Dope Trade Barbs on Social Media
It is safe to assume that Machine Head and Dope will not be touring together any time in the near future.
Issues between the two bands began yesterday, when Machine Head mastermind Robb Flynn posted a lengthy statement on social media responding to online critics who accused him of copping lyrics for the band’s new song, “Do or Die,” from Dope’s track “Die Motherfucker Die”:
“To all the bitchass internet troll motherfuckers who keep whining and menstrating about how ‘Do Or Die’ has lyrics from the band Dope. Here’s a little fucking reminder for your moronic nu-metal-brain’s, since 1993 in our song ‘Fuck At All’ I’ve been saying ‘c’mon motherfucker c’mon’ in the middle break down. Here’s video of me in 1995 saying it at Dynamo! It was a good seven years before Dopes 2001’s ‘Die MF Die'” came out you fuckin sausage gobblers!
“Not to mention that any fucking band on the planet saying ‘______ motherfucker ______’ in any combination (and that goes for Coal Chamber, Five Finger Death Punch, Dope, and yes, Machine Head) are all jacking it from 1984’s hip hop classic ‘The Roof Is On Fire’ by Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three. Swipe right to listen! Know your fucking musical history fuckbois!?
“And if I hear one more fucking internet twathole moaning about ‘cringe worthy lyrics’ while they sit in front of their computers stroking their little fucking boners to the lyrical genius of fucking Babymetal, eat a bowl of cock!
“Because the second the Pantera’s ‘Walk’ comes on, with such lyrical Edgar Allan Poe-esque masterpiece is like ‘run your mouth when I’m not around it’s easy to achieve’ and ‘walk on home boy’ Or Lamb of God’s ‘this is a motherfucking invitation’ these same fucking brain-donors run right out to the dance floor and start headbanging!?And rightly so!
“P.S. Who the fuck listens to Dope!!??”
Then, earlier today, Flynn shared a photo of himself with a fan who attended a Machine Head meet and greet in a Dope shirt. The fan, according to Flynn, could not name a Dope song.
Dope frontman Edsel Dope has now posted a lengthy response of his own, pointing out that Dope have racked up roughly the same number of streams on Spotify:
“Yesterday, Robb Flynn took to Instagram to publicly asked the question ‘Who the fuck listens to Dope’?
“Then today, he fired another shot at our band by posting a photo of himself, posing with a fan who was wearing a Dope shirt, with an unflattering caption.
“As a grown-ass man, I feel slightly obligated to acknowledge these 2 separate shots.
“Truth is, I like Machine Head.
“Killer band, big fucking draw!!
“If the two bands ever share the stage again, Dope would undoubtedly go on before Machine Head. Much respect!
“That’s not the question.
“The question was: ‘Who the fuck listens to Dope’?
“Well Robb, with Spotify being the place where the majority of the listeners go these days, the answer to your question is actually quantifiable.
“Check it out..
“Dope Monthly listeners on Spotify: 1,238,355
“Machine Head Monthly listeners on Spotify: 1,208.667
“Pretty fucking close brother.
“Only about 30,000 plays separate our two bands from month to month, so it’s quite fair to say that allot of ‘mother fuckers’ are listening to both Machine Head and Dope on Spotify. Slightly more for Dope, but I digress…
“I guess it would also be fair to mention that the Dope song that everyone, including Robb is now talking about, ‘Die Mother Fucker Die’ has about 30 million more plays on Spotify than any song that Robb has actually written or released.
“I’m not talking shit! That’s not who I am. I really don’t have anything negative to say about Robb. These are just the facts.
“We never said that the new Machine Head song was derivative of Dopes ‘Die Mother Fucker Die.’ Actually, we never said shit!!
“I don’t own the phrase Die Mother Fucker Die.. It is a commonly used arrangement of ignorant words that will continue to be recycled for years to come.
“Have at it bro!
“In the end, I can’t help that people associate the phrase with Dope.
“Dopes ‘Die Mother Fucker Die’ has been around for almost 20 years and it has racked up more than 60 million plays on Spotify. The US Military adopted the song into training and tactical drills, so any soldier under the age of 40 is familiar with our jam, especially if they served in Iraq.
“It is what it is and Dope certainly didn’t instigate this nonsense.
“Dope is on tour, in Vienna and we weren’t even aware that Machine Head put out a new song until my phone started blowing up from people sharing Robbs Instagram rant, which unmistakably and unnecessarily singled Dope out at the end.
“I wasn’t even gonna address it.
“Then he came at us again today.
“It’s just silly.
“I’ve always had respect for Robb.
“He is a prolific artist and he says what he feels.
“I respect that.
“However, I’m not really sure what he hoped to accomplish by calling out Dope, not once but twice in the last couple days.
“In closing, I hope that I’ve answered his question and I further hope that we’ve heard the last of this ‘Die Mother Fucker Die’ high school drama.
Flynn has not issued a response as of this writing.
Both Machine Head and Dope are on tour right now. Dope are out with Static-X (Edsel may or may not also be Static-X’s ‘Xer0’); tickets are here. Machine Head are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Burn My Eyes. Tickets to that tour can be found here… but be aware that we’re giving away tickets for every show on the North American leg of the trek! Enter that contest here. The band streamed their entire performance from Bochum, Germany, yesterday. You can check that out below.