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

7. "Back in the days when I was a teenager/Before I had a status and before I had a pager." - Q-Tip

Song: "Excursions" (1991)
Album: The Low End Theory


Over the thumping notes of an upright bass being plucked away at, Q-Tip's voice runs up on you, kicking off the opening bars of "Excursions" and setting up a father-son convo about the cycles of history by bringing us back before the fame, the status, and show business, in order to better explain hip-hop's appeal, and to stake hip-hop's claim to a legitimate musical heritage—while also, by the way, separating status from having a pager, as people were confused about the two at the time—all before the beat drops.

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