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

21. "Straight outta Compton, crazy motherfucker named Ice Cube." - Ice Cube

Song: "Straight Outta Compton" (1988)
Album: Straight Outta Compton

In two bars, Ice Cube gave you the setting and the character, and conveyed it with the visceral directness that would become a mark of gangster rap from that point on. Since this time, every gangster rap record is a variation on these two immortal themes: a violent setting and an unreliable, even psychotic, narrator.

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