The Chronic (Intro)

My name is Jack Russillo and I’m a college freshman who just moved to the big city (Seattle) from a small town in the middle of nowhere. Every day I rate something on a scale of 1 to 100.

This post is for those of you that were lucky enough to be alive and coherent during the release of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic back in 1992.

I’ve always liked rap for as long as I’ve been listening to music. Unfortunately for me, the rap nowadays isn’t quite as strong as it used to be. There’s certainly a lot more of it, with some new rapper jumping on the scene just about every day. But more rap doesn’t mean better quality rap — Rae Sremmurd is all the evidence I need of that. I hear tons of auto-tuned shit everyday and I’m starting to get very tired of it.

Recently, I’ve acquired a good amount of older rap, mostly from before I was born. This is the good ol’ stuff, made from scratch. Included in the music that I now have on my computer is probably the best introduction to a rap album that I’ve ever heard.

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Dre, then you should definitely look him up and listen to a few of his tunes. After he made a name for himself working with the rap pioneer group N.W.A, Dre released his debut album in 1992. The first song on the record was almost enough for me to know what I was getting involved in.

While you should still listen to the rest of the album as well, the “Intro” track sets the stage for Dre’s masterpiece. First off, Dre begins by telling the audience who he’s dedicated his album to; he pays homage to the people that have helped inspire his piece of art and his record company, Death Row Records. Next up comes a few random recordings that every good intro should have — they show character and lightheartedness.

And then the beat drops…

A badass tune accompanied with solid bass comes out of nowhere to introduce what the rest of album will be like. Snoop Doggy Dog gives his own account of what the album is about and informs any listeners of what they’re about to be exposed to. Lastly, it ends with Dre calling someone a “penguin-lookin’ mothafucka” and whether or not you read into that comment very much, it’s still a solid way to close out the intro.

While this intro isn’t musically great or that entertaining — I didn’t even end up putting it on my iPhone — it still has an awesome background beat with accurate, meaningful words from the artists of the album. I wouldn’t want any other intro for this album; it’s fitting.

Jack’s Rating: 71/100

Pro: Better than most other introductions and certainly fitting for this particular album.

Con: If it was really that good, it would be on my iPhone… Just sayin’…

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