What is the Greatest Opening Line in Hip Hop History?

By Amanda Wicks

The Peak ranked the 50 greatest opening lines in hip-hop and yesterday (August 30) released the final 25 songs on that list. Kanye West’s 2004 track “Jesus Walks,” Puff Daddy’s 1997 track “All About the Benjamins,” and A Tribe Called Quest’s 1991 track “Scenario” all made the list.

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As for the number one slot? That went to Biggie’s 1994 track “Juicy.” Check out the full list below as well as The Peak’s video featuring each track’s opening line.

25. Kanye West – Jesus Walks
24. Outkast – ATLiens
23. Lil Wayne – A Milli
22. Ahmad – Back In The Day
21. Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Pt. II
20. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario
19. Bone Thugs N Harmony – Crossroads
18. Rob Base – It Takes Two
17. Warren G – Regulator
16. Common – I used to love her
15. Juvenile – Back That Ass Up
14. Puff Daddy – All About The Benjamin’s
13. Jay Z – PSA
12. Rakim – Paid In Full
11. Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones
10. Public Enemy – Fight The Power
09. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
08. Tupac – Hail Mary
07. Wu Tang Clan – Triumph
06. Snoop Dogg – Gin & Juice
05. NWA – Straight Outta Compton
04. Snoop – Nothin But A G Thang
03. Tupac – Keep Ya Head Up
02. The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
01. Biggie – Juicy


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