'97 Bonnie & Clyde

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"'97 Bonnie & Clyde"
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"'97 Bonnie & Clyde" cover
Song by Eminem from the album Slim Shady EP and The Slim Shady LP
Released February 12, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip hop, horrorcore
Length 4:20 ("Just the Two of Us")
5:16 ("'97 Bonnie & Clyde")
Label Aftermath, Interscope
Writer Marshall Mathers, Jeff Bass, Mark Randy Bass
Producer Eminem, F.B.T.

"'97 Bonnie & Clyde" is a song by American rapper Eminem. The song appears on Slim Shady EP (as "Just the Two of Us") & The Slim Shady LP. Eminem recorded a prequel for The Marshall Mathers LP, "Kim". The song features Eminem killing his ex-wife, Kim Mathers, and dumping her corpse in the ocean with the help of his then-infant daughter Hailie. The sounds played at the beginning of the song, including the jingling of keys and the slamming of a car door, imply that Eminem put Kim's body in the trunk of his car. These are the same sounds played at the end of the song "Kim" by Eminem. In "Kim", the lines immediately before the sounds are heard are "Now bleed, bitch, bleed! Bleed, bitch, bleed! Bleed!", accompanied by choking noises apparently made by Kim.

Eminem got the idea to write this song at a time when his wife was stopping him from seeing his daughter. Eminem said of the situation, I lied to Kim and told her I was taking her to Chuck E. Cheese that day. But I took her to the studio. When she found out I used our daughter to write a song about killing her, she fucking blew. We had just got back together for a couple of weeks. Then I played her the song and she bugged the fuck out. He also said, When she gets old enough, I'm going to explain it to her. I'll let her know that Mommy and Daddy weren't getting along at the time. None of it was to be taken to literally, although at the time I wanted to fucking do it.

Critical response[edit]

AllMusic highlighted and praised the song: "notorious track where he imagines killing his wife and then disposing of the body with his baby daughter in tow" and critic noted that this song is connected with Eminem's life struggles.[1] Steve 'Flash' Juon called the remix bad and he continued: "the new one (remix version) is lifeless and oddly out of place among an album full of mostly dope cuts."[2] Rob Sheffield wrote: "the wife-killing jokes of "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" aren't any funnier than Garth Brooks'."[3] Entertainment Weekly wrote a positive opinion: "In the album's funniest slice of black humor, a smart-ass parody of Will Smith's unctuous Just the Two of Us called 97' Bonnie & Clyde, Eminem and his baby daughter take a pleasant drive to a lake — into which he tosses the dead body of the child's mother. Sending up the gooey sentiments and pop melody of the Smith hit, Eminem raps: Mama said she wants to show you how far she can float/And don't worry about that little boo-boo on her throat."[4]

Track listing[edit]

CD single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "'97 Bonnie & Clyde"   Marshall B. Mathers III, Jeff Bass, Mark Randy Bass Bass Brothers, Eminem 5:16

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Slim Shady LP - Eminem | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ "Eminem :: The Slim Shady LP :: Aftermath". Rapreviews.com. 9 March 1999. 
  3. ^ By Rob Sheffield (1 April 1999). "The Slim Shady LP | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. 
  4. ^ Reviewed by David Browne on Mar 12, 1999 (12 March 1999). "The Slim Shady LP Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com.