When it comes hip hop albums, especially highly anticipated ones, there's nothing like the opening song to get things started. Within recent times, I've all but said that the opener is a VERY good indication as to how the rest of the album will sound/flow. If your opener is tight, naturally the remainder of the album will follow suit, and it does depend on the artist(s) involved. Even if said artist(s) had a mediocre album, the opener should at least be memorable.
So without trying to further extend this introduction like I'm trying to do for some reason, lol, I now present the first selection in the countdown of my top 30 best openers! And for the sake of this countdown, I'll only include actual songs, so spoken intros, instrumentals, etc will not be included.
Slaughterhouse - Sound Off
If this song was your very first time hearing Slaughterhouse as a group, I can't imagine you not being impressed, and it was only fitting that this was the opener. "Sound Off" was the perfect title here, because that's exactly what Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Crooked I, and Royce da 5'9 did.