36 Best Hip Hop Mixtapes Of All Time

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noun: mixtape; plural noun: mixtapes; noun: mix-tape; plural noun: mix-tapes
a compilation of favorite pieces of music, typically by different artists or sometimes by one individual artist, recorded onto a cassette tape or other medium by an individual.

Here at HHMW we love mixtapes — it gives back the uncut raw feel of music recorded with no politics from the labels and sometimes production that would never be cleared because of sample rights, but simultaneously live within the underground/mixtape world. Take a look at a few of our favorite mixtapes in no particular order and be on the look out for our second installment on best mixtapes.

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Check out our favorite mixtapes in the slideshow below.

J.Cole’s Friday Night Lights


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Friday Night Lights was released November 12, 2010 by the North Carolina raised MC. This mixtape sparked the highlight and just the start of Cole’s music career. This project was filled with the songs that were supposed to be on Cole’s Roc Nation debut album, but instead became a mixtape because Hov and co. didn’t think it was album worthy. Jermaine’s fans beg to differ though, as many consider this project a cult classic.

50 Cent’s 50 Cent Is The Future

50 released 50 Cent Is The Future2002 while also introducing you to his crew G-Unitt, comprised of himself, Tony Yayo, and Lloyd Banks. Many hip hop historians consider this project to be the best mixtape ever, and the free release served as an appetizer to 50 Cent’s classic solo album. 50 Cent Is The Future introduced the mainstream hip hop world to the enigma we now know as 50 Cent, and not much has changed about his personality since except for his net worth.