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

87. "I sip the Dom P, watching Gandhi 'til I'm charged/Then writing in my book of rhymes, all the words pass the margin." - Nas

Song: "The World Is Yours" (1994)
Album: Illmatic

Nas might've been a street rapper—the street rapper's rapper, even—but it was always made clear that he was an intellectual and an introvert; sure, a nasty motherfucker you don't want running up on you, but also, someone with deep thoughts. The opening bars of "The World is Yours"-and Nas's third single, the one that truly catapulted him to rap fame-captured everything that made Nas, Nas. From the extent of his inspirations (booze and Ghandi) to the medium of his expression (Bic-filled notebooks) in one opening salvo, if you didn't know Nas, now you knew. Queensbridge brought it different.

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