Ten Great Rap Album Openers

Ten great songs that opened rap albums.
  • Nas, “N.Y. State of Mind” (from Illmatic)
  • Meek Mill, “Dreams and Nightmares” (from Dreams and Nightmares)
  • Lil B, “B.O.R. (Birth of Rap)” (from 6 Kiss)
  • Gang Starr, “You Know My Steez” (from Moment of Truth)
  • Ghostface Killah, “Nutmeg” (from Supreme Clientele)
  • GZA, “Liquid Swords” (from Liquid Swords)
  • OutKast, “2 Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)” (from ATLiens)
  • Public Enemy, “Brothers Gonna Work It Out” (from Fear of a Black Planet)
  • Deltron 3030, “3030” (from Deltron 3030)
  • DJ Screw & ESG, “Sailin’ the South” (from 3 ’N the Mornin’ (Part Two))

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