Every generation develops its own unique outlet to release music. Free from the bureaucracy of labels, free to release and free to sample, the mixtapes of past and present have become the foundation for many for most of hip-hop’s most influential and successful artists to date. Mixtapes themselves have ascended and hold their own against label-released LPs. I have fond memories of scavenging through sites like Datpiff discovering new artists, checking mixtape countdowns, and of course the thrill of downloading legal music for free! Considering the prior, the staff at TypicalBs would like to share some of our favorite mixtapes of all time.
Brandon Brown: Fabolous – There Is No Competition 2
The There Is No Competition series has a clear agenda that differentiates it from the Soup Tape projects. Fabolous’s TINC2 was the best in the series and for what it’s worth my favorite mixtape of all time. TINC2 influenced hip hop millennials to up their hashtag game on Twitter before they had the nerve to caption the heat that was pouring through the speakers on this tape. Fab’s flex on this was one to remember; nothing socially conscious here if you’re checking for it, but it did set the swag for 2010. Thanks for killing the competition Loso.