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Machine Gun Kelly's Cover of "Aerials" by System of a Down Draws Mixed Reaction from Internet Commentariat

Rapper/actor/singer Machine Gun Kelly’s 2022 cover of System of a Down’s “Aerials” has gone viral across social media and is receiving a... mixed response so far. "if you ever want me dead just lock me in a room with this playing on repeat," stated X (formerly Twitter) user @vxgassattackk, "I will kill myself fast trust me." From @darko.witch on Instagram: "It’s definitely a sound." TikTok user Savannah: "PLEASE ENOUGH IM GOING TO CRY." These are some of the gentler reactions.

System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian weighed in on the performance contemporaneously, conceding that he "can't hate the guy for giving it a shot."

Recently Machine Gun Kelly has been in the news for beefing with Static Dress vocalist Olli Appleyard who reacted to the "Emo Girl" artist's new Schecter guitar with "i fucking hate living on this planet." Machine Gun Kelly weighed in shortly thereafter:

A prompt ratio'ing by an order of magnitude followed:

No word yet on MGK's prospects for a full System of a Down cover album but we are not holding our breath.