Arguably the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All-Time), Jay-Z has been one of the most consistent rappers to this day. An avid-Jay fan, here is a list of the best Jay-Z intro tracks from all his albums.
“What more can I say”- Sean Carter
11. Volume 2 Hard Knock Life- Intro- Hand It Down
Nothing against Memphis Bleek (because I purchased “The Understanding” twice), but Jay-Z shouldn’t have handed it down to the youngster to open up his first platinum selling album. Luckily, the banger- “Hard Knock Life” quickly changes the pace to the slow entrance into the album that Bleek produces.
10. Black Album- Interlude
Produced by Just Blaze, the lack of Jay’s voice on the track puts the Black Album at number 10. Thanks again for track 2, and having his mom intro the beginning of the album- AFTER- the intro.
9. American Gangster- Intro
Denzel. Nuff Said.
8. In My Lifetime, Vol. 1- Intro/ A Million and One Questions/ Rhyme No More
Damn, Biggie died.
“Wasn’t for me, niggas would be dying for whores.”- Jigga
7. Blueprint 3- What We Talking Bout
“I ain’t talking bout profit, I’m talking bout pain/ I ain’t talkin bout despair, I’m talkin bout shame.”
6. Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse- A Dream/Diamonds are Forever
A double disc with two intro’s!!!!
A conversation of a dream with Biggie Smalls and Straight lyrical ability on the second intro track.
“blueprint 2, homie follow the moves/ you put on two tube socks you couldn’t walk in my shoes/ I was dealt a bad hand, fuck whatelse could I do.”- Jigga
5. Reasonable Doubt- Can’t Knock the Hustle
King of Rap with the Queen of R&B.
“I did songs with Mary J. Blige, my nigga.”- Jay-Z
4. Kingdom Come- The Prelude
“The flow so special got a .38 feel. The real is back!”- Hov
This song went over a lot of people’s head. “before the Answer was a 3, I was down in Georgetown with a Hoya chick, lawyer chick.”
3. Volume 3: Life and Times of Sean Carter
“Before we get into the shit, let’s get a few things clear
Rappers with no relation:
there’s “Seven Degrees of Seperation” and I’m Kevin Bacon
This is the murderer’s version
Jigga the shit, even when he rhyme in third person
Hova the God, I should be rappin with turban
Haters can’t disturb him, waiters can’t serve him
Mike Jordan of rap – outside J workin
Now watch how quickly I drop 50
I don’t like playin, niggaz can’t stick me
Niggaz can not jam me, niggaz can’t get me
Slimmy at the Rucka wanna leave and spend with me
I consistantly take em out the park like Ken Griffey”
2. The Dynasty- Intro
The beat is nasty. The ad-libs are nasty. The lyrics are nasty. But the nasty as a whole, makes it soooo GOOOD!
“I would turn green, me, bein in the trenches
Him, livin adventureous not worryin about expenditures
I’m bravin temperatures below zero, no hero
No father figure, you gotta pardon a nigga
But I’m starvin my niggaz, and the weight loss in my figure
is startin to darken my heart, bout to get to my liver
Watch it my niggaz, I’m tryin to be calm but I’m gon’ get richer
through any means, with that thing that Malcolm palmed in the picture”
AND FINALLY, my favorite intro song is:
1. Blueprint- The Ruler’s Back
“Well in these times, well at least to me
There’s a lot of rappers out there tryin to sound like Jay-Z
I’ll help you out, here’s what you do
You gonna need a wide lens cause that’s a VERR’ big shoe
And you got a couple of ~Beans~ and you don’t have a ~Clue~?
You situation is ~Bleek~, I’ma keep it ~Rell~ cause
Fuckin with me, you gotta drop ~Amil~
Cause if you gonna cop somethin you gotta cop f’real
Don’t only talk it, walk like it – from the Bricks to the booth
I can predict the future like Cleo the psychic
You can’t date skee-os and wife it”
What rapper you know can put on his whole squad, figuratively? Let me know!
BTW- Jay’s the best. #FTW!