Gotta love mixtapes.
The beautiful thing about hip hop and the internet is some of the best music comes in the form of totally free mixtapes. So if you’re looking for music but don’t have any cash, here are some of the best rap mixtapes out. By the way, I’ve mentioned some of these before, and you may have seen some on my About Me section.
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Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper is probably the most well-known of any of these, and is often considered the best way a mixtape can be considered: a free album (shoutout to XXL.) The Chicago artist shows his lyricism and musicality in the same package, proving his versatility between Cocoa Butter Kisses, Lost and Chain Smoker.
No Idols is an excellent collaboration between Domo Genesis of Odd Future and the legendary Alchemist cooking up the beats. The album has a much darker, intense sound from the man who was formerly known as just the stoner rapper of O.F. While it’s not exactly a pump-up mixtape, it will probably motivate you.
INNANETAPE came out a bit after Acid Rap, and Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper are on each other’s mixtapes. The artists are definitely distinct, though, and I like to say that Chance is more Mos Def while Vic is more Talib Kweli. Anyways, Innanetape is a lyrical masterpiece, while the music surrounding it is great. Check out Magic and Hollywood, L.A. for my favorites.
If you’ve read my Cadillactica review, I don’t need to sell you on Big K.R.I.T. This mixtape was his contribution to 2013 hip hop, and it did not disappoint. The self-produced (as usual) masterpiece jumps from modest bravado to humbling spirituality to responsible self-pity and back. It’s very hard to believe this is free. Take advantage.
Game’s mixtape O.K.E. (Operation Kill Everything) is somewhat of a rarity, considering he is a well-established rapper and the mixtape is full length. Astronaut Pussy is the standout here, and Skeme absolutely kills it. Breakfast with Al Pacino is another great example of what you’ll get from this great free mixtape.
Every one of these mixtapes is free, so check some of them out!
Head over to Datpiff.com (or just hit that mixtape cover and you’ll be sent there) and you can pick up any of these for free right now. And keep checking back here at Spit Talking – your home for hip hop discussion, including the best free mixtapes. And if I forgot to mention your favorite mixtape here, please let me know in the comments!