Eminem New Album 2013 Release Date, Song List & Review: Rapper Says First Track 'Bad Guy' Is 'An Intro To The Album' [VIDEO]
When Eminem initially made a decision to title his latest album "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," he knew that listeners would automatically make a connection to his original "MMLP"; the rapper already claimed that the new album is not a sequel, but a "revisitation." Slim Shady explains that the first track of the album "Bad Guy" was intended to show the ties between the two records.
On the dark opening track produced by Luis Resto, M-Phazes, S1 and StreetRunner, the Detroit rapper cleverly makes a connection to 2000's "Stan," where a crazed fan commits suicide, and kills his girlfriend and their unborn child due to his idol's lack of attention paid to him. Now, "Bad Guy" has Stan's brother Matthew Mitchell seeking his revenge on Eminem for his sibling's death.
"Bad Guy" is told from Matthew's perspective, where Stan's younger brother carefully plots Eminem's murder.
"Can't think of a better way to define poetic justice / Can I hold grudges, mind is saying: 'let it go, f--k this' / Heart is saying: 'I will, once I bury this b---h alive / Hide the shovel and then drive off in the sunset," Eminem raps in the first verse in Mitchell's menacing perspective.
The track also makes lyrical references back to the past. For instance, the line, "And here's your Bronco hat; you can have that s--t back cause they suck," is a response to Eminem's line in "Stan" - "And here's an autograph for your brother, I wrote it on a Starter cap."
"Making the 'Bad Guy' record, I [wanted to] make sure I made something that ties in with 'The Marshall Mathers LP,'" said the self-claimed "Rap God" during a recent interview. "I wanted to make it make sense that if I'm gonna go down this road, [I have to be] ready for what's about to happen.
"The way I was thinking when I wrote the song was... What if this nightmare just happened? I decided to do this album and then everything started coming back on me - Matthew came back, Stan's little brother and he came back to kill me, just all this s--t started happening."
"'Bad Guy' to me is more like an introduction to the album," Eminem added. "Like, Okay, this is what's about to happen, here it is. And then it picks up from the 'Criminal' skit where 'The Marshall Mathers LP' left off. I don't know if anyone caught that, but that's kind of where the continuation starts, because 'Criminal' left off with that."