First Impressions: The 50 Best Hip-Hop Intro Tracks

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The 50 Best Hip-Hop Intro Tracks

Ever thought that first impressions are everything?

Here we explore some of the best tracks that introduced an album’s themes and ideas perfectly.

To be honest I have slightly cheated by overlooking some album’s first actual tracks (speaking intros, etc) and focused more on the actual initial song.

The type of tracks listed here are those that could be used to open albums or even live shows. Not necessarily buss your head open tracks but ones that set the mood for the rest of the record.

Without any more delay, in no particular order, here are the best introductory tracks.

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Honorable Mentions:

  • Ghostface Killah – “Nutmeg”
  • Lloyd Banks feat. Tony Yayo – “Ain’t No Click”
  • GZA – “Liquid Swords”
  • Q-Tip – “Johnny Is Dead”
  • Lil’ Wayne – “Tha Mobb”
  • LL Cool – “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”
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With several name alterations Calvin 2.0 has seen some changes. He first fell in love with Hip-Hop at the age of 8 from watching Beastie Boys film clips and listening to a Public Enemy cassette tape his father gave him. He enjoys doing nerdy things like reading Spiderman comics and talking about the Dark Knight movie but also enjoys the sounds of Biggie Smalls. "Dead Wrong" and "Give Me the Loot" being among his favourites. Most of his money is spent on either rap CD's (yes he still buys Compact Disks) or Hip-Hop shows and each year aims to see more live music then the year before.


  • RTIII

    Great article/list of intro tracks.

    • Calvin 2.0

      Cheers man

  • B-Easy

    Outkast ‘s “Return of the G” isn’t higher than #50?

    http://i.imgur.com/n5Y0fce.gif

    • Calvin 2.0

      Sorry Easy. If it helps the list wasn’t in any particular order.

      • B-Easy

        But… but you numbered them.

        • Calvin 2.0

          That was just to prove to people I can count to 50.

  • Young Boris Kodjoe

    Great list man. I was a little nervous when I didn’t see the Stillmatic intro for a while, which I believe is the greatest intro of all time. Also think the intro on Cam’s Purple Haze deserves to be on here.

    • Calvin 2.0

      Thanks man. Yeah this list wouldn’t be much without Nasty Nas. Classic intro to a classic album.

  • mah519

    One giant oversight is to Meek Mill’s Intro to Dreams and Nightmares. Album wasn’t dope, but that was one of the best shits he ever did.

  • CHECKTHISOUT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iks7-YQcjbM
    BEST HIP HOP INTRO EVA!!!!!!