SOHH Whatcha Think: When Did The Mixtape Become So Important To Hip Hop? 3 Spitters That Cooked Up Street Classics [Click Here & Speak]

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011 4:30PM

Written by J. Bachelor

Just dropped an album? Who cares. Nowadays, unless you're Hip Hop royalty, the hood needs a mixtape before and after your offical LP if you wanna keep your name buzzin' in the streets.

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The hood is checkin' for mixtapes, son. Always.

What began as something made for fun is now big business. From Curren$y to The Clipse ... -- sh*t, even R&B singers get it in now, Letoya Luckett and Amerie both have street albums -- careers have been built or revived off these promotional releases.

Whether its breathing new life into the career of a seasoned artist or creating the energy a new jack needs to start a movement, there's no denying the impact street albums have on the genre. Which leads to our Question of the Day -- When did the mixtape become so important to Hip Hop??

Lets look at three spitters with a classic mixtape series under their belt:

Joe Budden: Mood Muzik Series

There's "Murda Muzik", Maybach Music ... then there's Mood Muzik. In between touring and cigarrette breaks, one of Jersey's finest crafted this wildly popular series. Along with Twitter, SlaughterHouse and public breakups, this mixtape series helped revive Budden's career.

Juelz Santana: Back Like Cooked Crack Series

Aye! This trilogy had the streets hooked. BLCC was jam-packed with great music, and dare I say his mixtapes outshined the albums?

Lil' Wayne: The Dedication Series

Lil Wayne must have a split personality: Mixtape Weezy and Album Weezy. Hmm ... not a bad idea for a double-disc album if he ever wants to go that route. Anyway, "The Dedication" series held the streets down three mixtapes deep. Wayne taught dudes how to rhyme over their own beats with this one.

These are just three, but there are plenty more worth mentioning including: Re-Up Gang, Jadakiss and of course Young Jeezy.

SOHH Whatcha Think: What artist has the best mixtape series?

Check out this new song by Lil Wayne, who's latest mixtape, "Sorry 4 Tha Wait", dropped recently

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