Having an awesome intro can do wonders for setting the tone of your album. What's an awesome intro track sound like you ask? It's an epic 1 to 5 minutes of captivating content. It can be either a conversation, movie clip, song or even a well-crafted skit. Basically, it can be anything within you scope as an artist.
The main job of the intro is to catch the listeners attention and let them know who you are and what they are about to hear. If your a well known artist then you can do as little as simply say "I'm back" or play the first song on your album. But for those just starting out, you may want to put a little more thought into your intro, unless your just that good and don't need one. Now an intro isn't mandatory, but it helps to showcase a little of your personality before fans jump into your music.
We've taken the liberty to pick out three albums which we feel have top shelf intros that continue to withstand the hands of time. We hope you enjoy this list and if you can think of a few more, list them in the comments and we may make a part 2 to this article. Enjoy...
Redman's intro on "Muddy Waters" is phenomenal! You've got the summoning of Redman followed by an earth-shattering prehistoric roar to let you know that the album is going to be raw. One good thing about this intro is that the album actually has enough hits to justify it's extreme delivery. There are additional skits on the album that fit perfectly into the blend, but we'll need a whole nother article to cover the importance of a well placed skit. Listen to Redman's intro and tell us what you think below.
Big Pun's Intro from "Yeah Baby" is another awesome intro! This intro takes us through the creation of Pun, not literally, but in an artistic way. They had the mindset of "What would it take to build the ultimate rapper" and created this comical, but interesting piece of theatrical commentary. It's almost like they took a page out of Frankenstein to to set the tone. You build this titan of a lyricist and he rises to devastate any and all competition. If you notice in this intro it also gives Pun a bigger than life persona. It's an excellent use of words to create imagery and evoke an emotion out of the listener before they embark on Pun's journey.
Busta Rhymes has always been a leader of epic repeat worthy intros and this last example comes from his '98 "Extinction Level Event" album. It is a movie-like depiction of the world's end. It has a man and his child talking about how the world will destroy itself in a most graphic and detailed fashion. Just listen to how the man's voice changes as he tells the little girl the harsh realities that shall unfold before her eyes. The intro basically describes pure hell, but in captivating way that only Busta Rhymes can deliver. If you listened to his albums prior to this you would notice the build up between intros leading to this Extinction Level Event.
The ELE intro definitely showcases a great feeling of cohesiveness between Busta's earlier albums which reinforces his message to the fans. I bet you want to know what that message is don't ya? Well, listen to his music and come to your own conclusion.