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

31. "First thing's first, I Poppa, freaks all the honeys." - The Notorious B.I.G.

Song: "One More Chance (Remix)" (1995)
Album: Ready to Die

Biggie's lines about relations with the opposite sex weren't just pieces of his accumulated wisdom, or experience, but playerisms, everpresent in his rhymes. And on this track—the remix to the original, the one with the Hype Williams clip starring everyone and mother from rap circa '95—Big's entrance is a statement about priority, and anyone who says they expected the second part of the line the first time they heard it is lying. "I Poppa, freaks all the honeys" is not what any human being expects after hearing the words "First thing's first," but there it was: Big Poppa, making it clear that no matter his size, he'll still take your girl, and if that's not the most important piece of business at hand, we just don't know what is.

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