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

48. "Have you ever met a girl that you tried to date?/But a year to make love she wanted you to wait?" - Biz Markie

Song: "Just a Friend" (1989)
Album: The Biz Never Sleeps

Not just despite, but because of some of the most strangely-phrased lyrics in all of rap, Biz's lines stand apart. On "Just a Friend" it was that stilted way the words just rolled out—like someone tapping on those piano keys that make up the beat—which made these opening bars all the more memorable, especially in the way that we now know: They could have come from no one else, and the way they're delivered (with the world's biggest smirk) still haven't manifested in rap in quite the same way since.

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