WonkeyDude98 Analysis: Bad Guy

I think this is going to be my final Eminem review. After a positive review of No Love and a flarefest against FACK, my Eminem material is about to dry up. I think it's time for possibly his most epic and brilliant song to date.

Now, I don't feel like dissecting this lyric by lyric, for one it wouldn't be fun, and second, THERE'S LIKE THIRTY-TWO BARS A VERSE. And it's not like Rap God where the intent was to fill enough things in a verse, no this is a full-fledged story. And it's not the first of its kind.

You all remember Stan, right? That dark, gritty story of a deranged fan who killed himself because Eminem didn't respond back? Well in the story, he had a brother named Matthew who was an even bigger Eminem fan than Stan. This is a followup. What makes this so genius is the double-meaning in the lyrics. It's also an interpretation of Eminem killing Slim Shady, his alter ego. This is difficult, as it becomes two songs in one.

The beat during the first five minutes is...questionable. The synth is very squeaky and the drums feel clunky. The flow is also weak. However, the flow being poor is actually a huge benefit, as Matthew is not intended to be a rapper. He's made to look amateur, as also shown by the stilted wordplay.

The hook by Sarah Jaffe is acceptable and probably the best part of the first five minutes. She's a good singer, and has good lyrics behind her.

Then Matthew drives Eminem off a bridge (alluding to Stan when he drove himself and his girlfriend off a bridge), and roars "NOW SAY YOU HATE HOMOS AGAIN". Then the song changes to something different entirely.

The beat becomes fantastic. The bass is heavy, the drums are chilling, and the melody is sinister. The flow is also genius. This turns from revenge to reflection. Eminem reflects on his past actions and how he himself takes how he acts back at him. He reveals his biggest fears and demons. It is an absolutely atmospheric experience that encompasses the best of Eminem's lyrical abilities.

The last time I reviewed this, I gave it a 5.5 out of 5. I change my mind. This is a 7 out of 5. It's a song that's extremely well thought out, has amazing storytelling, unparalleled lyrics, and an amazing way to wrap up the story of Stan. If anything this should've ended the MMLP2, not start it. This is WonkeyDude98, signing out.


This song is awesome, really show how eminem can make good stories - Martinglez

I'm actually disappointed how I needed to underexaggerate how awesome this song is just for the sake of word redundancy. - WonkeyDude98

Well then say it here in the comments - Martinglez

Definitely my favorite song on the MMLP 2. Love the reference to 'Criminal'. - SwagFlicks

Almost my favorite of his entire discography, even better than Stan, The Way I Am, or White America. - WonkeyDude98

'The Way I Am' has an unique flow, but it really can't compare to this song. - SwagFlicks

Pretty much any song with Anapest flow is amazing, but Bad Guy is on a whole other plane of existence. - WonkeyDude98

Bad guy was an amazing song - visitor