DK wrote:Intro tracks are very important... They set the mood for an album and can subconsciously (or, in some cases, consciously) change how you view the rest of the album.
AZ always has great intro tracks, which draws me further into the album every time I listen to him.
Yes! Jay-Z's intro tracks are off the hook (Dynasty, Vol. 3, even Vol. 2 with Bleek rapping) and to me are sort of like a thesis for the rest of the album. That's just how I've always looked at them though.
I won't say intro tracks are very important but when done right they can set the tone, get you hype for what's about to come, and welcome you to the album while thanking you for listening. I feel like listing a few of my favorite intros so I will.
"Stillmatic (Intro)" Nas - Stillmatic ..."They thought I'd make another Illmatic but it's always forward I'm moving never backwards stupid here's another classic"
"Hova Song (Intro)" Jay-Z - Vol. 3 ... "I know you just ripped the packaging off your CD" still seems to formally welcome me into the album even if it was almost 10 years ago that I ripped the packaging off my CD.
"The Ruler's Back" Jay-Z - The Blueprint ... "I'd like to thank everybody out there for their purchase..." again serves as a nice welcoming.
"Experience Dedication" Talib Kweli - Reflection Eternal
"Once Again" AZ - AZiatic
98% of skits get skipped instantly by me though after the first listen or two. Sure the skits on College Dropout were funny at first but after it wears off it just gets annoying, especially when 3 of tracks 14-17 are skits.