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

61. "While I'm watching every nigga watching me closely/My shit is butter, for the bread they wanna toast me." - Jay-Z

Song: "Can I Live" (1996)
Album: Reasonable Doubt

Jay-Z's opener for the song that would become one of pop culture's go-to defense when being assailed involved him watching the watchers, keeping an eye on those praying on his downfall. But in traditional Jay-Z style-or the one he further established with this line-he never sounded paranoid, just smooth, a point he makes apparent in comparing himself to 'butter' in the face of death threats.

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