Today, Meek Mill released the music video for Intro off of his new album ‘Championships’. After killing another introduction song, Meek Mill rightfully deserves to be named the King of Intros. Looking back at his four studio albums and Dreamchasers mixtape series, there is no need to make a case for this claim.
On the DC mixtapes, Meek with each intro. On DC1 and DC4, Meek samples the notorious medieval latin poem (song) O Fortuna by German composer Carl Orff. Although the same sample was used for both songs, the instrumentals are composed differently. Brining back that sample for the Intro two mixtapes later was very unique. It gives a flashback down memory lane as you hear the symphony and opera-style vocals on both of the tracks. On DC2 he uses Mike Tyson’s post fight interview before he begins to rap. Once the heavy base and rhythmic drum kit kick in, Meek cruises through the rest of the song. On DC3 he switches it up, but does not fail to deliver. Instead of the usual monologue, the DC3 intro I’m Leanin, sets the tone for the rest of the mixtape. With a big feature from Travis Scott this song adds to the hot-streak of introductions. Instead of the early dialogue, the song closes out with some motivation words from two legends being Birdman and Diddy. Click each song below to listen.
Aside from the mixtapes, Meek continues that steak on each album too. On his first studio project, Meek delivers with his most iconic song yet, Intro (Dreams and Nightmares). I don’t have to do much explaining here but just had to point out that this song was an intro. On Dreams Worth More Than Money, Meek blessed us with another orchestral instrumental similar to the sample used on DC1 and DC4. This time around he samples Mozart’s famous requiem Lacrimosa. With some additional help from Tory Lanez, the two put together another admirable intro. On Wins & Losses, his production team is back at it with the motivation monologue spoken by Eric Thomas and another compositional sample with Variation 8. With his latest intro on Championships Meek repeats his Dream and Nightmares method. At first the beat builds up with a sample from the world renowned smash hit In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins. As he raps over that, the beat begins to pick up as Meek flows into a new style. It is very similar to his first intro and as satisfying as the first. The new music video can be seen below.
Between the opening monologues, the samples, and the fire bars, Meek is easily the King of Introductions. No one else has a collection this good and it goes overlooked. With his latest introduction, Meek preserves his streak and justifies the crown is his to keep.