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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Best opening lines in hip-hop

Haven't rocked a list in a while

1. Sadat X 'Slow Down'
"Hey baby, your hips are getting big"

2. Greg Nice
'Dizzy Gillespie plays the sax me myself I like to max"
'Nipsy Russel, do the hustle, you're cock diesel. Flex your muscle'
"Sometimes I rhyme slow sometimes I rhyme quick. I sweeter and thicker
than a chico stick"

Greg Nice is the best opening line rapper of all time.

3. Prodigy
"I break bread, ribs, hundred dollar bills"
"I got you stuck off the realness..."

4. Chuck D
"Here it is Bam! And you say godamn..."
"Bass. How low can you go? Death Row? What a brother know"

5. O.C.
"You lack minerals and the vitamins. Irons and the niacins"

6. Biggie
"Who shot ya? Seperate the weak from the obso-lete. Hard to creep them
Brooklyn streets it's on..."

7. Kane
"Let it roll, get bold..."

Please add on...


Blogger Joey said...

What a great fucking post. Awesome list. Maybe throw Ol' Dirty, Osirus, Big Babby Jesus on that list?

"Hut one, hut two, hut three, hut! Ol' Dirty Bastard, live and uncut..."

"I'm the one-man army nay-shawn..."

"Here I go/Deep type low/Jacques Cousteau could never get this low..."

"First things first, man, you're fucking with the worst..."

July 19, 2005 2:47 PM

Blogger Cinque said...

I think you gotta axe Greg Nice from the list since Dizzy played the trumpet, not the sax. I remember laughing back when it first came out and I was like 11, so he shoulda known better. Maybe Dizzy could play the sax since cats have been known to play more than one instrument, but I've never read anything stating that. I think this error was listed in that Ego Trip Book of Lists joint that came out a few years back as well.

One of my favorites is Nas off of "New York State of Mind". He hopped on the track an set it off the entire joint with:

Rappers I monkey flip em with the funky rhythm I be kickin/
Musician, inflictin composition/
of pain I'm like Scarface sniffin cocaine/
Holdin a M-16, see with the pen I'm extreme, now/
Bulletholes left in my peepholes
I'm suited up in street clothes/
Hand me a nine and I'll defeat foes

July 19, 2005 3:11 PM

Blogger ian said...

> I think you gotta axe Greg Nice from the list since Dizzy played the trumpet, not the sax. I remember laughing back when it first came out and I was like 11, so he shoulda known better.

LOL- that fcck-up is what makes that line so fly though.

July 20, 2005 2:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's "I'm the one man army A-sun"

That was his first rapper name.

July 20, 2005 8:49 PM

Blogger ian said...

Except isn't it Ason as in Ason Unique?

July 21, 2005 1:33 AM

Blogger Joey said...


July 21, 2005 11:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

South Eastern Transportation Authority is what I'm probably on...

What I heard that I was like only Black thought would be able to throw SEPTA in a rhyme and without it being in acronym form no less.


July 21, 2005 1:14 PM

Anonymous james said...

wes... it’s j blags all the way from dusty ass denver. thanks for the list man, all of these are good calls. ian, word up on that ason correction. cinque, don’t know you brother, but hells yes, that is a CLASSIC. not only the first line, but the first song on his FIRST full length album. CLASSIC.
now, i gotta say...what about rakim?

“thinkin of a master plan - cause aint nothin but sweat inside my hand...“

what!? i’m sure you guys overlooked these cause they are just to obvious, but come on. please.

“i came in the door, i said i before, i never let the mic magnetize me no more...”

some of my favorites... dave from the soul
“i fell in love with this fish who got caught in my mesh, but yo, she burned my scene up like david karesh...*” *(sp?) that entire verse is ridiculous.

nas (of course) ... “before a blunt i pull out my fronts...” ah, fuck it. every song on that album has a classic opening line

ghost... “imma say it don’t get mad yall, i throw my darts sideways, shoot em up bang bang do me baby,love tha lad-ay, fuckin spades drive the kid craz-ay, before i go to bed, nowa lay me...”

man, i could see how this list could just keep going and going...

biz... “have you ever met a girl that you tried to date, but a year to make love she wanted you to wait?”

geto boys (scarface) “i sit alone in my four conerd room staring at candles... at night i can’t sleep, i toss and turn, candle sticks in the dark, visions of bodies bein burned...”

damn! damn! damn!

July 21, 2005 5:50 PM

Blogger Swifty said...

James killed it with the latest additions and The Roots one is one of my favorites too...Greg Nice making no sense is why he's so dope

July 21, 2005 9:47 PM

Anonymous aqua said...

"Back in the days when i was a teenager, before I had status and before I had a pager..."

"Where ya at..."

"People give ya ears so I be sublime..."

"Honey check it out you got me mesmerized..."

"Stern, firm and young with a laid back tongue, the aim is to succeed and achieve at 21..."

July 23, 2005 12:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I got a letter from the government the other day, I open and read it, it said they were suckers."

July 24, 2005 12:09 AM

Blogger Swifty said...

"Allow me to re-introduce myself..."

July 25, 2005 3:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I got so much trouble on my mind, refuse to lose"

July 25, 2007 9:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Some people tell me that I need help.

Some people can fuck off and go to hell."

- B-Real

April 15, 2009 3:06 PM


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