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

85. "Living off borrowed time, the clock ticks faster." - MF Doom

Song: "Accordion" (2004)
Album: Madvillainy

Doom's reminder that life is short on "Accordion" sticks from the start of the song to the finish, and even after that. There are a lot of ruminations on mortality in rap; this one, as simple as it was brilliant, just sticks, in the same way things that legitimately make you question your mortality can. The imagery of a ticking clock against one's lifespan is cliche, sure, but somehow, Doom had the gravitas to make it tick louder.

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