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The 50 Best Rapper Mixtapes

47. Future, True Story (2011)

Future's January 2011 mixtape Dirty Sprite might've boasted some of the rapper's budding repertoire of hits, including YC's "Racks," but it was True Story that found the Atlanta rapper scaling out to be a national name. This is largely due to hits like "Tony Montana" and "Magic."

Both tracks ran up on different levels of success. "Magic" gained momentum regionally in Atlanta, and ended up becoming the first track T.I. jumped on when he was released from jail; it also was the first of Future's singles to enter the Hot 100. "Tony Montana" landed him a guest verse from Drake on the track's remix.

Future got that work before, sure, but it was True Story that fired off the after-burner of momentum to put him where he is now: on top of the rap game, with hit single after single. —Lauren Nostro

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