The 100 Best Opening Lines in Rap History, Part 1: 100 - 51

100. "Don't think I won't hit you 'cause I'm popular/I got P-90 Ruger to pop at ya." - 50 Cent

Song: "Till I Collapse Freestyle" (2002)
Album: No Mercy, No Fear (Mixtape)


All shots everything. 50's opening line to a track that came out as his momentum was rocketing was a sheer display of perfection, and an emphasis on one of the key tenets to 50's success: That gentle, mocking, effortless cadence. Fif's dragged out larrrr in "popular" was equal measures cocky, leaned-back, and ominously aggressive, punctuated by a simple fact: He'll hit you; he's been through worse.

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