First Impressions: The 50 Best Hip-Hop Intro Tracks

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”