#8. Lupe Fiasco - Fahrenheit 1/15 Series
Released: 2006
Best Installment: Fahrenheit 1/15 Part II: Revenge of the Nerds
Complex Says: In order to build a buzz for his upcoming debut album, 2006's Food & Liquor, Fiasco hit the mixtape scene with this trilogy that helped make him the golden boy for the anti-snap, anti-bling, Native Tongues-revival, Internet crowd. Throughout the series he established all the themes that run through his music: Islam, Chicago life, and being a complete geek. Unfortunately, in some ways the series backfired by raising expectations too high and leaving fans slightly underwhelmed when his debut finally did arrive.