Producer: Dr. Dre, Eminem
Album: The Slim Shady LP
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
Do they even make hip-hop records like this anymore? Combining high concept with brilliant execution, "Guilty Conscience" blends an inventive script by Eminem with the same type of vivid skits Dr. Dre perfected with N.W.A to push the boundaries (again) of what could be said on a commercial record. Inspired by the famous scene in the movie Animal House—in which a horny frat dude contemplates taking advantage of a passed-out coed (who is turned into a 15-year-old girl at a rave party in the song) only to have a devil and an angel appear out of thin air to counsel him—Eminem penned a dangerous account of what happens when random men are about to do evil and Slim and Dr. Dre show up to talk to them (Slim, as you can guess, eggs people on to commit robbery and murder). But the most startling thing for longtime hip-hop fans is when Slim brings up the widely reported 1991 assault by Dre of video hostess Dee Barnes. That Em would have the balls to suggest to Dre to include that in the song (and, kudos, by the way, for the "Been there, done that" line) is crazier than Son Doobie making a porno.