Yesterday (October 14), Machine Head’s Robb Flynn slammed Dope after fans pointed out the similarities between Machine Head’s latest single “Do Or Die“ and Dope‘s “Die MF Die.“ Dope frontman Edsel Dope has since responded to Flynn, while also sharing some Spotify data to compare the streams between the two acts.
Edsel said the following:
“Yesterday, Robb Flynn took to Instagram to publicly asked the question “Who the fuck listens to Dope”?
Then today, he took another shot at our band.
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. 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 adapted 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. We wish them the best!”