"Guilty Conscience"
Eminem - Guilty Conscience CD cover.jpg
Single by Eminem featuring Dr. Dre
from the album The Slim Shady LP
ReleasedJune 8, 1999
Recorded1998
GenreHorrorcore
Length3:19
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Dr. Dre
Eminem singles chronology
"Role Model"
(1999)
"Guilty Conscience"
(1999)
"Dead Wrong"
(1999)
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"Zoom"
(1998)
"Guilty Conscience"
(1999)
"Still D.R.E."
(1999)
Music video
"Guilty Conscience" on YouTube

"Guilty Conscience" is a song by American rapper Eminem, featuring American hip hop record producer Dr. Dre. It was released as the third and final single from Eminem's The Slim Shady LP (1999). It was also released on his 2005 greatest hits album Curtain Call: The Hits.

Background

While Eminem and Dr. Dre were at a gym, they were talking about song concepts, and Dre said that they should do a song together called "Night 'n' Day", where everything Dre was saying, Eminem would say the complete opposite. Eminem thought about it and went home that same night and began writing it. An announcer from a talent agency, Mark Avery, was hired to come in to voice the narrator. Eminem and co. told him his parts and what he had to say, and they made the skit around what he said.[1]

Critical reception

Allmusic highlighted this song on LP.[2] David Browne noted that Eminem's "coldly-calculated-to-offend alter ego considers date rape".[3]

Music video

The video for "Guilty Conscience" has a nonstop back-beat with a chorus, unlike the album version, and a different narrator, played by actor Robert Culp. The lyrics in the chorus samples the song "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March ("These voices, I hear them. And, when they talk, I'll follow"). The version that aired on MTV eliminated the murder at the end of the song and converted it into an escalating argument between Eminem and Dre with no resolution. The Director's Cut leaves the murder in.[4] The video is produced using the bullet time technique, depicting Eminem and Dr. Dre rapping to the song's protagonists on how to deal with their conflicting situations: including a man's temptation to robbing a liquor store, a college student's urge to have sex with an underage girl at a frat party, and the urge of a construction worker to murder his wife after he catches her cheating with another man. Dr. Dre poses as the "good conscience" and wins the first arguments (Eddie) while Eminem poses as the "evil conscience" and wins the second (Stan). However, in the third argument, which is over the actions Grady (the construction worker) should take when he catches his wife cheating with another man, Eminem's taunting and accusations of hypocrisy coaxes Dr. Dre into agreeing with him that Grady should kill them both and subsequently Dre suggests that Grady should get his gun and murder his wife and her lover. The song contains a sample from the Ronald Stein song "Pigs Go Home" from the soundtrack to the film Getting Straight. Eminem later released "Guilty Conscience" on his greatest hits album, Curtain Call: The Hits. The nonstop back-beat and chorus from the music video were only used in the edited version of the song, but the narrator was not changed. The video won the "Hottest Music Video" award at the Online Hip-Hop Awards in 2000.[5][6] The video was listed on MuchMusic's 50 Most Controversial Videos at No. 38 for its promotion on how people get crossed with their consciences.

Lawsuit

In September 2003, 70-year-old widow Harlene Stein filed suit against Eminem and Dr. Dre on the grounds that "Guilty Conscience" contains an unauthorized sample of "Pigs Go Home" composed for the film Getting Straight by her husband, Ronald Stein, who died in 1988.[7] Although the album's liner notes state that the song contains an interpolation of "Pigs Go Home", Stein is not credited as a composer and his wife was not paid royalties for use of the song.[7] The lawsuit requested 5 percent of the retail list price of 90 percent of all the copies of the record sold in America, and 2.5 percent of the retail price of 90 percent of the copies of the album sold internationally.[7] The suit was dismissed in June 2004 for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.[8]

Awards and nominations

See also: List of awards and nominations received by Eminem

Year Ceremony Award Result
1999[9] MTV Video Music Awards Breakthrough Video Nominated
2000[10] Grammy Awards Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated

Track listing

UK CD1[11]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Guilty Conscience" (radio edit) (extra clean with new hook)3:16
2."Guilty Conscience" (album version) (with new hook)
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Dr. Dre
  • Eminem[a]
3:19
3."'97 Bonnie & Clyde"5:03
4."Guilty Conscience" (video)  3:19
Total length:14:57
UK CD2[12]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Guilty Conscience" (radio edit) (extra clean with new hook)3:16
2."Guilty Conscience" (instrumental)
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Dr. Dre
  • Eminem[a]
3:19
3."My Name Is" (clean version)
  • Dr. Dre
4:30
4."My Name Is" (video)  4:28
Total length:15:33
UK Cassette
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Guilty Conscience" (radio edit) (extra clean with new hook)3:16
2."Guilty Conscience" (instrumental)
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Dr. Dre
  • Eminem[a]
4:27
Total length:6:35
German CD single[13]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Guilty Conscience" (radio edit) (extra clean with new hook)3:16
2."Guilty Conscience" (instrumental)
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Dr. Dre
  • Eminem[a]
3:19
3."'97 Bonnie & Clyde"5:03
4."My Name Is" (clean version)
  • Dr. Dre
4:30
5."My Name Is" (video)  4:28
Total length:20:36
Notes

Charts

Certifications

Certifications and sales for "Guilty Conscience"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[26] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ Angry Blonde pg. 52 and 53
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Slim Shady LP - Eminem - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  3. ^ "The Slim Shady LP - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  4. ^ Video clip on YouTube
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-07-28.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "The Online Hip-Hop Awards". Archived from the original on 17 June 2000. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Wiederhorn, Jon (September 17, 2003). "Eminem Gets Sued ... By A Little Old Lady". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  8. ^ "Harlene Stein v. Marshall B Mathers, et al". Plainsite.org. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  9. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 1999". mtv.com. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Past Winners Search (Eminem)". GRAMMY.com. National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Guilty Conscience [CD 1]: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon UK. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Guilty Conscience [CD 2]: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon UK. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Guilty Conscience: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon UK. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Eminem feat. Dr. Dre – Guilty Conscience" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  15. ^ "Eminem feat. Dr. Dre - Guilty Conscience" (in French). lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  16. ^ "Eminem feat. Dr.Dre, Guilty Conscience". charts.de. Media Control Charts. Archived from the original (in German) on October 17, 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know" (insert "Eminem" into the "Search by Artist" box, or insert "Guilty Conscience" into the "Search by Song Title" box). irishcharts.ie. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 33, 1999". top40.nl. Dutch Top 40. Archived from the original (in Dutch) on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  19. ^ "Eminem feat. Dr. Dre – Guilty Conscience" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  20. ^ "Eminem feat. Dr. Dre - Guilty Conscience". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  22. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  23. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  24. ^ "Jaarlijsten 1999" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Eminem – Guilty Conscience". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 6, 2019.Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Guilty Conscience in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Eminem – Guilty Conscience". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 28, 2018.