Your butt is mine
Gonna tell you right
Just show your face
In broad daylight
I'm telling you
On how I feel
Gonna hurt your mind
Don't shoot to kill
Come on

Source: Michael Jackson -- Bad (MetroLyrics)

Does it mean right away? Or maybe it has been used for emphasis? Is this a slang usage?

  • right here is not slang; it is obviously not combined with 'away.' So the word has its usual meaning as an adverb. I suggest you check a good dictionary for the meaning of right as an adverb. Here is a good start.
    – user6951
    Dec 12 '14 at 21:19
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    @CarSmack I always use a dictionary before consulting this site. However, commonly used words such as right have so many meanings that I sometimes don't know which one is "right" in a given context. :P And this is one of these cases.
    – user12257
    Dec 12 '14 at 21:36
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    Even in context, can be read two ways - 'I'm gonna tell you, with emphasis, OK?' or 'I'm going to tell you the correct information'. Both are colloquial, both require context. In that kind of 'confrontational' context of the lyric, it's almost impossible without voice-tone to distinguish, which would probably disappear in the meter of the song. Dec 12 '14 at 21:36
  • @user12257 - If you "always consult a dictionary first," why not at least share where you looked and what you found? That's how Yoichi would do it. In any case, I think "Gonna tell you right" is similar to "Gonna set you straight", but it's hard to say for sure in a song. When dealing with lyrics, some words get picked because they rhyme, and true meanings are notoriously hard to interpret.
    – J.R.
    Dec 12 '14 at 23:28

In this case it is slang, and has nothing to do with when he will say something, but how he's going to say it. If you listen to the song "Bad," and watch the video you will see it's all confrontation. The singer, Michael Jackson, is saying he's going to speak the truth and he's going to say it without regard to consequences or the listener's feelings.

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