10 of the Best Mixtapes of the Last 10 Years

10 of the Best Mixtapes of the Last 10 Years

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Few musical arenas are as competitive as hip hop. Album sales, video budgets, cribs, cars, marquee features—the measuring sticks are endless. The mixtape is both one of the most important and one of the most intangible, a space where artists hustle to top each other while embracing their fans without a middleman in the way. The tracks borrow—and sometimes take over—existing beats; established and upcoming producers show off their looser work and aces they've kept up their sleeve until the right moment. Mixtapes don't tend to find radio play, but they converse with each other in a meaningful, lasting way that shapes trends and builds careers. And they're usually free! 

Here are 10 of the best mixtapes from the last decade.

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Interviews: MP 10 YEARS FIRSTS

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Interviews: MP 10 YEARS FIRSTS

Bei Maejor Mixtape Maestro

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Bei Maejor Mixtape Maestro

Shows: Fuse News: Mixtape Evolution

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Shows: Fuse News: Mixtape Evolution

J. Cole's Genius Marketing Strategy for First Mixtape: My Hustle

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J. Cole's Genius Marketing Strategy for First Mixtape: My Hustle

Mixtape Worm

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Mixtape Worm

The Last Shadow Puppets Talk Touring

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The Last Shadow Puppets Talk Touring

Miguel On First And Lasts

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Miguel On First And Lasts

Shows: Grammys 2014:  Sam Smith Worked at Bar Last Year, Now He's At the GRAMMYs

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Shows: Grammys 2014: Sam Smith Worked at Bar Last Year, Now He's At the GRAMMYs

J Alvarez: Last Looks

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J Alvarez: Last Looks

Moneybagg Yo Takes A Lie Detector Test

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Moneybagg Yo Takes A Lie Detector Test

Shows Fuse News: Last Royals

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Shows Fuse News: Last Royals

Last Looks: The ALMA’s 2018

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Last Looks: The ALMA’s 2018

Shows: Top 20: All Time Low "First and Last" New

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Shows: Top 20: All Time Low "First and Last" New

Music Video Premiere: Fenech Soler - Last Forever

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Music Video Premiere: Fenech Soler - Last Forever

Festivals: Warped Tour: Check Out Mike Posner on Last Year's Warped Tour

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Festivals: Warped Tour: Check Out Mike Posner on Last Year's Warped Tour

Moneybagg Yo Does ASMR With Champagne, Talks 43 VA Heartless And Family

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Moneybagg Yo Does ASMR With Champagne, Talks 43 VA Heartless And Family

A$AP Ferg Breaks Down "Trap Lord" Mixtape

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A$AP Ferg Breaks Down "Trap Lord" Mixtape

Barenaked Ladies' "Last Summer On Earth" Tour Was Inspired By The Mayans

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Barenaked Ladies' "Last Summer On Earth" Tour Was Inspired By The Mayans

Shows: Trending 10: T-Pain Interview

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Shows: Trending 10: T-Pain Interview

Festivals:Bamboozle: The Wonder Years at Bamboozle 2012

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Festivals:Bamboozle: The Wonder Years at Bamboozle 2012

Music Video: The Wonder Years: The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves

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Music Video: The Wonder Years: The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves

Interviews: The Wonder Years Full  Interview December 12

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Interviews: The Wonder Years Full Interview December 12

Interviews: Usher interview 10/26/12

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Interviews: Usher interview 10/26/12

Shows: Trending 10: Iggy Azalea Interview

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Shows: Trending 10: Iggy Azalea Interview

Festivals:Bamboozle: Bamboozle 2012 Moosh & Twist on New Mixtape, Tour

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Festivals:Bamboozle: Bamboozle 2012 Moosh & Twist on New Mixtape, Tour

Shows: Trending 10: Unknown Sneaker

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Shows: Trending 10: Unknown Sneaker

Shows: Trending 10: RZA Freestyle

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Shows: Trending 10: RZA Freestyle

Interviews: The Wonder Years Rank 5 Favorite Pro Wrestlers Ever

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Interviews: The Wonder Years Rank 5 Favorite Pro Wrestlers Ever

Shows: Trending 10:  V-day MOS

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Shows: Trending 10: V-day MOS

Shows: Trending 10: Cody Simpson Detroit Answer

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Shows: Trending 10: Cody Simpson Detroit Answer

Shows: Trending 10: Bryan Scott Choir "Happy"

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Shows: Trending 10: Bryan Scott Choir "Happy"

Shows: Trending 10: Brian Scott The Huddle

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Shows: Trending 10: Brian Scott The Huddle

Shows: Trending 10: Time Flies "Swoon" Performance

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Shows: Trending 10: Time Flies "Swoon" Performance

Shows: Trending 10: Cody Simpson Philly Answer

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The Young Professionals - 10 Imagine Dragons - Shots

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The Young Professionals - 10 Imagine Dragons - Shots

Interviews: George Ezra (10/16/14)

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Interviews: George Ezra (10/16/14)

Shows: Trending 10: Cody Simpson New York Answer

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Shows: Trending 10: Cody Simpson New York Answer

Shows: Trending 10: MKTO "Classic" Performance

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Shows: Trending 10: MKTO "Classic" Performance

Shows: Bangin Bodies: Recap  #10 - #1

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Shows: Bangin Bodies: Recap #10 - #1

Shows: Trending 10: Cody Simpson Trivia ANSWER

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Shows: Trending 10: Cody Simpson Trivia ANSWER

Interviews: The A$AP Mob rapper talks about the features (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony! Onyx!) on his 'Trap Lord' mixtape, out Memorial Day

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Interviews: The A$AP Mob rapper talks about the features (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony! Onyx!) on his 'Trap Lord' mixtape, out Memorial Day

Shows: Fuse News: Korean Singer/Rapper Jay Park Talks Upcoming Album & Mixtape

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Shows: Fuse News: Korean Singer/Rapper Jay Park Talks Upcoming Album & Mixtape

Shows: Top 100 Killer Collabos: Keri Hour 10 Twitter

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Shows: Top 100 Killer Collabos: Keri Hour 10 Twitter

Shows: Top 100 Hottest Hooks: Hour 10 3OH3 Favs

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Shows: Top 100 Hottest Hooks: Hour 10 3OH3 Favs

Shows: Top 100 Hottest Hooks: Hottest Hooks Hour 10 3OH3 Promo

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Shows: Trending 10: Fall Out Boy Joe Twitter Read

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Shows: Trending 10: Hannibal Buress and Wiz Bonnaroo Announcement 2014

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Shows: Trending 10: Hannibal Buress and Wiz Bonnaroo Announcement 2014

Shows: Trending 10: Fall Out Boy PETE Twitter Read

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Shows: Trending 10: Fall Out Boy PETE Twitter Read

Hip Hop's 50 Hottest In The Game: The Hustle Pick 10-1

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Hip Hop's 50 Hottest In The Game: The Hustle Pick 10-1

Song Premiere: Starling Glow - Ignite (10/17/14)

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Song Premiere: Starling Glow - Ignite (10/17/14)