It was the second and final single from his major label debut album, The Slim Shady LP, which was also released that year.
The song featured Em's mentor, Dr. Dre, and it helped cement his musical style. The song was successful, featuring a duel between the two rappers, who are playing the role of the good and evil inside someone's brain in the manner of a medieval morality play (i.e., the "angel and devil on the shoulders" competing for possession of a person's soul).
Dr. Dre is portrayed as the angel or good conscience, and Eminem is portrayed as the devil or evil conscience. There are also spoken parts and sound effects describing several dilemma scenarios, making the contrast even more interesting by building tension and curiousity. Eminem is generally creditted for writing Dre's verses in the song as well as his own.
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Guilty Conscience Lyrics
[sound of static]
Meet Eddie, twenty-three years old.
Fed up with life and the way things are going,
he decides to rob a liquor store.
("I can't take this no more, I can't take it no more homes")
But on his way in, he has a sudden change of heart.
And suddenly, his conscience comes into play...
("Shit is mine, I gotta do this.. gotta do this")
Alright, stop! (Huh?)
Now before you walk in the door of this liquor store
and try to get money out the drawer
You better think of the consequence (But who are you?)
I'm your motherf*ckin conscience
Go in and gaffle the money and run to one of your aunt's cribs
And borrow a damn dress, and one of her blonde wigs
Tell her you need a place to stay
You'll be safe for days if you shave your legs with Renee's razor blade
Yeah but if it all goes through like it's supposed to
The whole neighborhood knows you and they'll expose you
Think about it before you walk in the door first
Look at the store clerk, she's older than George Burns
F*ck that! Do that shit! Shoot that b*tch!
Can you afford to blow this shit? Are you that rich?
Why you give a f*ck if she dies? Are you that b*tch?
Do you really think she gives a f*ck if you have kids?
Man, don't do it, it's not worth it to risk it! (You're right!)
Not over this shit (Stop!) Drop the biscuit (I will!)
Don't even listen to Slim yo, he's bad for you
(You know what Dre? I don't like your attitude..)
[sound of static]
("It's alright c'mon, just come in here for a minute")
("Mmm, I don't know!")
("Yo, it's gonna be alright, right?")
Meet Stan, twenty-one years old. ("Give me a kiss!")
After meeting a young girl at a rave party,
things start getting hot and heavy in an upstairs bedroom.
Once again, his conscience comes into play... ("Shit!")
Now listen to me, while you're kissin her cheek
and smearin her lipstick, I slipped this in her drink
Now all you gotta do is nibble on this little b*tch's earlobe..
(Yo! This girl's only fifteen years old
You shouldn't take advantage of her, that's not fair)
Yo, look at her bush.. does it got hair? (Uh huh!)
F*ck this b*tch right here on the spot bare
Til she passes out and she forgot how she got there
(Man, ain't you ever seen that one movie _Kids_?)
No, but I seen the porno with SunDoobiest!
(Shit, you wanna get hauled off to jail?)
Man f*ck that, hit that shit raw dawg and bail..
[sound of static]
[pickup idling, radio playing]
Meet Grady, a twenty-nine year old construction worker.
After coming home from a hard day's work,
he walks in the door of his trailer park home
to find his wife in bed with another man.
("WHAT THE F*ck?!?!")
Alright calm down, relax, start breathin..
F*ck that shit, you just caught this b*tch cheatin
While you at work she's with some dude tryin to get off?!
F*ck slittin her throat, CUT THIS BITCH'S HEAD OFF!!!
Wait! What if there's an explanation for this shit?
(What? She tripped? Fell? Landed on his d*ck?!)
Alright Shady, maybe he's right Grady
But think about the baby before you get all crazy
Okay! Thought about it, still wanna stab her?
Grab her by the throat, get your daughter and kidnap her?
That's what I did, be smart, don't be a retard
You gonna take advice from somebody who slapped DEE BARNES??!
What'chu say? (What's wrong? Didn't think I'd remember?)
I'ma kill you motherf*cker!
Uhhh-aahh! Temper temper!
Mr. Dre? Mr. N.W.A.?
Mr. AK comin' straight outta Compton y'all better make way?
How in the f*ck you gonna tell this man not to be violent?
Cause he don't need to go the same route that I went
Been there, done that.. aw f*ck it...
What am I sayin? Shoot em both Grady, where's your gun at?
[gun fires, is cocked, and re-fired]