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A Ranking of the Dopest Free Hip-Hop Albums/Mixtapes

Living in the Internet age, much of today’s hip-hop has been given away free of charge. With album sales decreasing, the mixtape trend has become an alternative means of gauging success. Formerly recorded by DJs to display their skills or break exclusive songs, these projects are now designed to either build new artists from the ground up or help others maintain a buzz until a label signs off on a retail release. Stars such as Drake and J. Cole got their start this way while Jay Z took this approach just for the sake of competition. Here is our list of the best free albums made possible by technology.

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