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

56. "Yo sit back, relax, catch ya contact, sip ya con-gi-ac." - AZ

Song: "Affirmative Action" (1996)
Album: The Firm: The Album

Despite sounding like he didn't know how to pronounce cognac, AZ made his opening shot the gateway drug to "Affirmative Action." The song's buildup and AZ's vivid descriptors quickly establish him and his cohorts as mafioso types, ones who can afford to "sit back" and watch their money pile up. No longer are they stick-up kids involved in project shootouts who sip Dom P and will "beat a priest for a cross piece." Instead, they're sophisticated dons who still react like rockwilders.

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