01. "Bad Guy" (feat. Sarah Jaffe)
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This critically acclaimed track detailed the narrative of an obsessed Eminem fan who crazily killed himself as well as his wife and future child, leaving his little brother, Matthew, a large Eminem fan at this point, to fend for himself. After the release of this track (seen by many as the magnum opus of Eminem’s career and one of the greatest songs of all time), the term “stan” became symbolic of an overzealous fan of something.
In “Bad Guy”, Stan’s little brother, Matthew, seeks revenge on the well-off artist Eminem, planning to take him out in correspondence with Stan’s murder (after venting to him). Eminem also uses Matthew to make commentary on his position in music at the moment, the hypocrisy that surrounds his reputation (i.e. his misogynistic lyrics although he loves his daughters), and the reason why many believe he named his album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 as well as if he’ll be able to amaze everyone again. (He also makes several lyrical references to “Stan”, such as when they are both in the car on the freeway speeding). Dido was considered to be the featured singer on this song, but Em was afraid he would give away too much when releasing the tracklist, so Dido didnt appear on this song. Still, to give the song a Stan-esque vibe, Eminem incorporates the complimentary vocals (on the Hook) of singer Sarah Jaffe.
In the final verse/outro, Eminem creates a dark atmosphere, hauntingly depicting Matthew as some evil spirit clogging his mind (more seen in the first few lines) and corrupted by revenge (unlike Stan, who had more many other issues that Em could understand in “Stan”), or alternatively, delving deep into his psyche where he finds his “lack of a conscious” (the voice over) and undergoes introspection.
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