There are places all over the internet where you can download free mixtapes in many different genres; however, the most popular genres are hip hop and rap. Free mixtapes are often created to promote a product, promote a new album, introduce a new artist, or in honor of an artist or several artists. Private mixtapes feature the creator’s favorite songs or may be created to express feelings to a loved one. The person mixing the tape may add their own comments, thoughts and/or music in between tracks.
- “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here” by Big K.R.I.T (2010). Produced by Big K.R.I.T. himself, this mixtape features “2000 and Beyond,” “Moon & Stars,” “No Wheaties” and “They Got Us.” Guests like Smoke DZA, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa and Devin the Dude make appearances. Def Jam has taken over this project for re-release.
- “Earl” by Earl Sweatshirt (2010). This mixtape focuses a lot on darkness and may be too crass for some, but if you want something out of the ordinary, it may be for you. It features the title song “Earl,” “Couch” and “Moonlight.” Guest artists include Ace Creator, Vince Staples, Wolf Haley, and Hodgy Beats.
- “Str8 Killa No Filla” by Freddie Gibbs (2010). “The Ghetto” and “National Anthem” are some of the 21 tracks featured on this free mixtape. Artists contributing include P.A.W. Pill, Jay Rock, Planet Asia, and Bun B. The mixing and some of the beats were by Statik Selektah.
- “The Day the Turf Stood Still” by Da Vinci (2010). Although music influenced by the streets has faded in the past decade, Da Vinci brings it back with this mixtape with a new twist. It features seventeen tracks, including “The Day the Turf Stood Still” and “Idle Minds.”
- “More About Nothing” by Wale (2010). This mixtape shows the many sides of Wale which include a range from urban poet to being extremely materialistic. It includes “No Hands,” “Black N Gold” and “The Power.” The 21 tracks feature artists like Wiz Khalifa and ‘Tre, Dre From Cool and Dre, Tiara Thomas, Avery Storm, Northeast Groovers and Fat Trel and Black Cobain.
- “Sit Down, Man” by Das Racist (2010). This fantastic mixtape is filled with humorous injections about pop culture and the social mechanics of race. They laugh at you and with you. It features Chairlift, El-P, Despot, and Vijay Iyer. Tracks that are included are “You Can Sell Anything,” “Hahahaha jk” and “Free Jazzmatazz.”
- “Trunk Muzik” by YelaWolf (2010). YelaWolf, aka Catfish Billy, brings out the world of the rednecks, from Confederates, trailer park poverty, drug dealers and meth labs. It features artists Bun B, Raekwon, Juelz Santana and Diamond. The mixtape features twelve tracks which include “Trunk Muzik,” “Love is Not Enough” and “Lick the Cat.”
- “Things of That Nature” by AWAR (2011). This mixtape contains seven original tracks, including “Iron Butterfly,” “Faith and Hope” and “My Story.” It features artists like Mic King, Kid A and Vanderslice.
- “Philadelphia Freshman” by Gilbere Forte’ (2011). Features in this mixtape are “Push the Bar,” “Please Don’t Worry” and “Speakers on Blast.” Artists that join Forte’ are Raak, STS, Ab-Liva and iCan. The seventeen tracks include materials that have never been released.
- “The Seed” by The Seed (2011). This mixtape contains thirteen tracks from the Cali underground trio including “Machine,” “Trying,” “The Heist,” “Keep Rockin’ On” and “Wonder Years.” It features artists like Torae, Tassho Pearce, Parlous and Creed Chameleon throughout the mix. Emcees Kahlee and Uptown Swuite are also featured.