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Analysis of The Guilty Conscience

Guilty Conscience is a song by an American rapper Eminem and his mentor Dr. Dre. The song was released in 1999 as the third and final single from Eminem’s second album, The Slim Shady LP. The song was also included in Eminem’s 2005 greatest hits album, Curtain Call: The Hits.

Guilty Conscience represents a duel between two rappers. One of them plays a good role, and the other one plays an evil role in someone’s head like in a medieval morality play – the angel and devil on a person’s shoulders fighting for possession of the soul. In the song, Dr. Dre is the angel and Slim Shady is the devil.

The first part of the song tells the story of Eddie, 23, a young man who is very frustrated and is going to rob a liquor store. Dre warns Eddie not to do it telling him he would be on a wanted list. Slim Shady on the other hand tells Eddie to do it, advising him to go to his aunt and disguise himself. Shady points on the family poverty to justify the robbery. The ending in the song is ambiguous, but in the music video we see Eddie deciding not to go through with his plan.

In the next part, Stan, 21, takes an underage girl upstairs at a party. Eminem tries to convince Stan to rape the girl while Dre protests and warns him about jail. Stan at first thinks that if the girl is drunk and on the drug she wouldn’t remember anything next day, plus nobody cares what happens, because she will never see him again. But them his conscience comes back to him. It is unclear in the song which side Stan listened to. Dre doesn’t refer to Stan form the 1995 movie, Kids, where a teenage boy raped a girl who was infected with HIV. Shady also gives references to Son Doobie. In the edited version, an intense scene was made softer and Slim suggests leaving the girl on her parents’ doorstep.

In the third part, a construction worker Grady, 29, comes home and finds his wife having sex with another man. In the unedited version, we can see how Eminem tells Grady to brutally kill his wife. Dre interrupts; then Slim tells Grady to take the kids and leave his wife, which makes Dre violent. Eminem accuses Dre of hypocrisy.

In turn, Dre says that Grady does not need to follow the same path Dre once took, saying Been There, Done That. In the end, Eminem’s pushes make Dre agree that Grady should murder both his wife and her lover. This ending especially caused a lot of controversy. Guilty Conscience was referenced for many time times in Eminem’s next album, The Marshall Mathers LP.

Guilty Conscience is a song by an American rapper Eminem and his mentor Dr. Dre. The song was released in 1999 as the third and final single from Eminem’s second album, The Slim Shady LP. The song was also included in Eminem’s 2005 greatest hits album, Curtain Call: The Hits.

Guilty Conscience represents a duel between two rappers.

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