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

21. The Fugees "How Many Mics" (1996)

Producer: Fugees, Shawn King, Jerry Duplessis
Album: The Score
Label: Ruffhouse, Columbia


Remember when Wyclef Jean had more in common with Redman than Sting? If you weren't around in 1996 don't take my word for it, just listen to "How Many Mics." Silky on the inside with a steel-toed exterior, the song is so comfortable-yet-hard that it's easy to imagine any number of emcees from that era jumping on a 20-minute remix. Alas, it was not to be; "Fu-Gee-la" and "Killing Me Softly" became the runaway hits and everyone forgot about the time Lauryn Hill described herself as "sweeter than licorice, dangerous like syphilis." Reacquaint yourself with the only truly viable MMF configuration in hip-hop history (Digable Planets fans proceed directly to the dumpster behind Shabazz Palace). —Sam Sweet

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