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

50. "Bass! How low can you go?!/Death Row, what a brother know." - Chuck D

Song: "Bring The Noise" (1987)
Album: It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

Public Enemy pushed up against the literal limits and extremes of that nexus where politics and music edge up against each other, something with a much, much sharper edge on it in 1987. Hip-hop was a genre that united clubs and orators, and the opening lines of "Bring the Noise" meshed the two seamlessly, attempting to revolutionize the world in all possible senses, both in the aesthetic extremes (deep bass hits) and real-world change (the number of black men on death row) at the same time.

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