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

15. "I got so much trouble on my mind/Refuse to lose." - Chuck D

Song: "Welcome to the Terrordome" (1990)
Album: Fear of a Black Planet

A reference to a soul song (Sir Joe Quarterman's "(I've Got) So Much Trouble on My Mind") was a double-entendre for the pressure Chuck D was feeling at the time; the song has often been interpreted as a response to the critics of his association with Professor Griff, who'd come under fire the year before for making numerous anti-Semitic remarks. Chuck followed this line with a three-word refutation of those who would like to see him fall, an assertion of his indefatigable will.

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