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

46. "Muthafuckas say that I'm foolish, I only talk about jewels/Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?" - Jay-Z

Song: "Renegade" (2001)
Album: The Blueprint

Jay-Z's music was always about more than the obvious aspects of being a hustler on the come-up: It's about a mentality, a lifestyle, a worldview. And on The Blueprint, the rapper responded to—or demolished—the critics who were always after him for this and more with two quick lines calling them out for not doing their jobs. Now it's hard to find a person alive—no less a rap critic—who doesn't recognize there was a lot more going on to Jay than met the first-listen ear.

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