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The 50 Best Rapper Mixtapes

4. Young Jeezy, Trap or Die (2005)

These days he's an executive at Altantic Records, but back when Jeezy released his second DJ Drama mixtape, he had a different occupation—and it wasn't rapping. The Snowman spends most of this 26-track opus underscoring that point, nowhere more indelibly than on "Miss Me With That Rap Shit."

Trap or Die was more than just a declaration that Jeezy was about that life; it was the start of a whole new movement in Southern hip-hop. Sure, T.I. had dropped Trap Muzik two years earlier, but ATL rap changed forever when Jeezy started groaning those "Yeeeeah" ad-libs. Everything about this release is historic, from the Shawty-Redd-produced title track to "So Icy," the song that helped spark a long-running rift with Gucci Mane.

This mixtape didn't just certify Jay Jenkins as a street legend, it also established DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz as the definitive Dirty South mixtape series. —Rob Kenner

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