First Impressions: The 50 Best Album-Opening Songs in Rap History

49. Cypress Hill "Pigs" (1991)

Producer: DJ Muggs
Album: Cypress Hill
Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia/SME Records


Although they became more known for stoner lifestyle rap when "Insane in the Brain" crossed over in '93, Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs-produced debut was a dirty and pugnacious record underlined by violence in early-'90s Los Angeles. Nowhere was that more evident than on opener "Pigs," a mocking indictment of the police based around the "This Little Pig" nursery rhyme. With a searing three-note guitar sample and subtext of anti-authoritarian satire, "Pigs" transforms a child's game into a scathing attack on the hypocrisy and absurdity of a corrupt police state. —David Drake

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