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Eminem - Bad Guy (ft. Sarah Jaffe)
Bad Guy is tied with Legacy as being my 2nd favorite song off of The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It’s the sequel to Eminem’s monumental song Stan. The main character of Bad Guy is Stan’s younger brother Mathew Mitchell, and he’s been regularly tormented by his brother’s murder-suicide for the past 13 years, given The Marshall Mathers LP was released in 2000. Mathew is now seeking revenge against Eminem by quite literally burying him next to his brother, since he has always directly attributed his brothers death to Eminem’s lack of attention towards the “biggest fan he ever lost”. The first two verses also draw parallels to Eminem and Kim’s failed relationships, but in the extravagantly nightmarish fantasy format he portrays in his horrific song Kim. The fourth verse serves as a template for all the negative real life aspects in Eminem’s life that directly stem from the “karma closing in with each stroke of [his] pen”. This includes all the countless people he’s pissed off throughout the years and the inevitable future that all rappers must face, where he’ll either reluctantly retire by choice or he’ll be forced to retire when “[he] doesn’t stop after they call [him] the biggest laughing stock of rap who can’t call it quits, when it’s time to walk away”. Eminem clearly went all out to create an exceptionally compelling and layered story that his long-term fans, like myself, would thoroughly appreciate on multiple levels. I still don’t think it achieves the same emotional impact Stan accomplished when it set a standard for story oriented hip-hop over a decade ago, but it comes pretty damn close. I’ll be reviewing another one of my favorite songs from this album tomorrow.
My Song Rating: 9.7 out of 10