2. Kid Capri, Free James Brown (1989)
Nowadays, a rapper can spend a night in the drunk tank and there'll be "Free So-and-So" T-shirts on the streets less than 24 hours later. But back in 1989, Kid Capri, the godfather of the mixtape, was making a real statement when he released this project to support James Brown, who was in the middle of a three-year bid for assaulting an officer and weapons possession. The mixtape featured the funk icon's illest breaks and made his connection to hip-hop clearer than ever.