Producer: Just Blaze
Album: The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam

Rap album intros are typically skip-worthy. It's not uncommon to find painfully unfunny skits, boring narrators, and even blabbering CEOs carrying on about nonsense. Most rappers would be better off avoiding the whole concept of an album introduction completely.

But every now and again someone cooks up something special, and Jay did just that on the intro to his Dynasty album. Over Just Blaze's eerie instrumental, Jay blacks out, raising questions about his religious beliefs: “Never read the Koran or Islamic scriptures/Only psalms I read was on the arms of my niggas/Tattoos, so I carry on like I'm non-religious.”

This was food for thought from Jigga, who left you to do the dishes after blessing you with a four course meal. Jay's opening verse was so wicked, it created a trend rappers trying emulate the “Dynasty Intro” on their own albums. And as you can guess, most were a fail.