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Ever since the music industry shifted to streaming in the beginning of the decade, an entire generation of groundbreaking mixtapes have been left behind, trapped on websites like DatPiff and SoundCloud. While hip-hop heads enjoy sifting through these blog era relics in order to revisit classics from legendary hip-hop acts like Dipset, G-Unit, Lil Wayne, Wale, Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, and Future, it’s time to bring all 2000s-era mixtapes to streaming services.
Thankfully, it appears that we’re on the verge of a breakthrough. In the past year, several iconic tapes have been made available on major streaming platforms, notably: 50 Cent’s 50 Cent Is the Future (Spotify), JAY-Z’s The S. Carter Collection (Tidal), Lil Wayne’s Dedication 2 (Spotify), Drake’s So Far Gone (Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal), Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y’s How Fly (Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal), Joey Bada$$’s 1999 (Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal).
And yet, the majority of the greatest mixtapes of all time can’t be found on Apple Music, Spotify, or Tidal.
In chronological order, here are our choices for mixtapes that need to be added to streaming services next. In the interest of keeping things concise, we have limited ourselves to selecting no more than one mixtape per artist.