The 100 Best Opening Lines in Rap History, Part 2: 50 - 1

26. "I ain't a killer, but don't push me/Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to getting pussy." - 2Pac

Song: "Hail Mary" (1996)
Album: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory

In the opening of "Hail Mary," Tupac body-checked right through the tense thread between reality and performance, in pretty explicit terms: a defensive parry that felt like a threat. It encapsulated his mindstate at the time, the encroaching paranoia, the sense of lashing out at those who had wronged him with incomparable anger, and through gritted teeth, the dark-thrill of revenge. With only one really explicit word in the line, 'Pac gave us one of the most hyper-sexual, hyper-violent lines in rap history, let alone openers.

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