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

29. "LL Cool J is hard as HELL/Battle anybody I don't care who you TELL." - LL Cool J

Song: "Rock The Bells" (1986)
Album: Radio

The third single from LL Cool J's debut, Radio, firmed up a reputation for a hard-hitting sound. In his first line on "Rock the Bells," his words seem intended to make the bells shake on their own. Really, though: The way LL's words come from nowhere, with no beat under them, and punch through the speakers—one jab after the other, with an electric guitar riff on the pronounced words—it's a crime for anyone not to write them out in caps (see above), as they were intended to be written, no doubt,  words that likely still damage a sound system or two a few times a year to this day.

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