In a similar vein as last Friday, I bring you more legal ways to get free music: mixtapes. No, this isn’t a cassette tape that someone from “The Breakfast Club” painstakingly recorded song by song for you with sweet nothings whispered between songs. Mixtapes, in this day and age, are compilations of music often put together by a recording artist to share new music.
Because mixtapes are not “official” releases from record labels and often include remixes, leaks, or mashups, they are free! Sometimes you can even get official versions that just have a short DJ tag at the beginning or end – super easy to ignore when you’re spending no money and not in danger of getting arrested for piracy (yo ho ho)! Most hip hop artists also put out their own official mixtapes periodically just out of the goodness of their hearts.
Here are some of my favorite sources of free mixtape downloads:
And, to get you started, some of my favorite mixtapes:
DJ Reddy Rell and DJ Iceberg’s Hip Hop TXL series: search for “Hip Hop TXL” on DatPiff
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra.
And basically anything produced by DJ Mustard