The BIG List: Rap’s 30 Most Powerful Album Intros (#30 – 29)


#30: Drake

“Fireworks,” from Thank Me Later (2010)

Yeah, yeah, we know—this song, like, just came out. So, how can we possibly know whether or not this intro will stand the test of time? Well, Drake’s a once-a-decade kind of artist and this intro from his recently-released debut album manages to sum up his personality on wax perfectly. It’s emo. It’s thoughtful. It includes a bunch of those truncated similes he loves using so much. It’s Drake. If you don’t know his deal, give his intro a spin and consider yourself familiar. And isn’t that the point of a good intro?


#29: Clipse

“We Got It For Cheap (Intro),” from Hell Hath No Fury (2006)

With all the label politics, album release date delays, and legal battles with Jive Records behind them, Pusha T and Malice borrowed the title of their popular mixtape series for the intro track from their sophomore album and promptly got busy. Hell hath no fury like a couple of rappers scorned.


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