During a recent conversation with Rock 108, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody talked about rap artists, calling them “about as hard as soft butter.”
Apparently referring to the recent war of words between Machine Gun Kelly and Eminem, Moody said:
“I just got to meet Machine Gun Kelly, opening up for Fall Out Boy, which was an awkward mix. But all in all, he’s a good kid, man. I mean, I don’t get involved in it.
“Something I will point out to everybody in the world, and I am not afraid to say it: these rap guys are about as hard as soft butter. That’s all there is to it. I have not met a rap dude yet who intimidates me – at all.
“I meet these rock guys, these metal guys, and we are very real. You’re talking about Corey Taylor and Randy [Blythe] and myself, J.D. [Jontahan Davis of Korn] – these are real dudes, and no way am I gonna walk to up to them and talk s**t about their wife or their kid.
“Dude, I would show up at somebody’s doorstep. I’d be like, ‘You know what? We’ve got something to talk about now.’ I’m not gonna rap about it.
“So it’s just hilarious to me on one level where these guys get away with that, and then I meet them, and they’re just gentle, weird kids. I’m, like, ‘You guys are great with your lyrics but man, when it comes to the solid spinal part of this thing, you are lacking… You have to carry a gun. Now I get it. I carry one ’cause I want to, not because I have to watch my ass.’
“Anyway… You heard it here first – they’re all half sissies. Not all of them, but I’m serious – 75% of the ones I’ve met… Like, Method Man and Red [Redman] were hella cool, very legit. You can tell that Meth was in the Wu-Tang Clan; there was no mistaking it.
“But, again, Machine Gun Kelly was just a big kid; he was just bouncing around, having a good time. And when I met Tech N9ne, he’s the nicest guy on earth… He’s so cool – he’s so cool, man. And he’s got this thing.
“When he was in the studio doing [a cover of LL Cool J’s] ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ with us, when he would have to do a second take, he’d be like, ‘Give us a second,’ and he’d go, ‘It’s all Jesus. It’s all Jesus. Everything’s Jesus.’ And that was his thing.
“I expected to have Tech N9ne, hardcore, running up in there. He’s like five [feet and] four [inches tall] [around 1.63m] and just funny. He’s rolling around with an Asian personal assistant and didn’t have a big posse. So it’s just funny to me.
“I don’t know where these rap guys get off trying to act so hard.”