After a harrowing 2007 — a year that started with the arrest of leading mix-tape maker DJ Drama — hip-hop mix tapes played it cool in 2008. Collections co-signed by top-level talent were scarce, possibly owing to legal fears; the remaining releases largely served as promotional tools. And the wide-scale proliferation of rap-mix-tape blogs meant you didn’t even need to put five on the latest in remixes, freestyles, and exclusives. There was still worthwhile stuff to savor, and you could get it for free (not just cheap); you just had to go digging in your RSS feeder to find it. Or wait for our second annual list of the year’s Ten Best Mix Tapes, with download links.
Most Viewed Stories
20 Marvel ‘Firsts’ in Jessica Jones
Why Leonardo DiCaprio’s Turn in The Revenant Will Be Hard to Beat at the Oscars
Who the Jessica Jones Characters Are in the Comics and How They Connect to the Marvel Universe
Watch Adele’s ‘Hello’ Get the Classroom-Instrument Treatment on Fallon’s Tonight Show
Behind Jessica Jones’s Unprecedented Sex Scenes
In Praise of Adele, My Fat, Flawless Heroine
The Captain America: Civil War Trailer Is Here, and It’s a Big Bucky Hunt
’N Sync Members Bow to Adele’s 25 With the Quiet Grace of Men Who Know They Have Lost to Their Superior
Grease: Live Teaser: The Dancing Is in the Hands
And Your Dancing With the Stars Season 21 Winner Is ...
Latest News from VultureJessica Jones Recap: Bus-ted
"You are a hard-drinking, short-fused mess of a woman, but you are not a piece of shit."Dear Parents of American Tweens, Your Kids Will Want to Hang Out With You for Two More Hours This December
Force Awakens will follow in the footsteps of Revenge of the Sith.25 Songs and Albums that Inspired Adele’s 25
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard 25. Here are 25 other works that we know or imagine contextualized its world.Batman Just Became a Victim of Police Brutality in the Dark Knight Sequel
A Caped Crusader for the post-Ferguson world.Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers Hilariously Dissect Donald Trump’s New Jersey 9/11 Cheerers Lie
Going up against "the world's greatest memory."Girl Meets World Is Headed for High School in Season 3
Prepare for more teen drama!Breaking Down the Shade Ava DuVernay Threw at Quentin Tarantino
Savage.’N Sync Members Bow to Adele’s 25 With the Quiet Grace of Men Who Know They Have Lost to Their Superior
"Adele is the truth."CBS Seeking Hunky Tween to Play Young Superman on Supergirl
In flashbacks.Marco Rubio Is Waiting on Views From the 6, Just Like Everyone Else
Drizzy for president.
"I’m just doing what I’ve always done."Ron Howard Discusses George Lucas’s Offer to Direct Phantom Menace Over the Sound of Your Wistful Sighs
Or any Ron Howard superhero movie, for that matter.Men in Black Producer Promises Next Film Will Finally Have a ‘Woman in Black’
"Now we are looking at a reinvention."Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand Are Among President Obama’s Recipients of the Medal of Freedom
Let freedom ring around your neck!How The Hunger Games Director Francis Lawrence Tackled These Six Shots
From the fog attack in Catching Fire to that emotionally charged hug in Mockingjay Part 2.Charli XCX Made a Pretty Rad BBC Documentary About Being a Woman in the Music Industry
Pussy power indeed.Vic Mensa Involved in Confrontation With Chicago Police During Protest for Laquan McDonald
Footage of a Chicago police officer shooting the black teen 16 times was released on Tuesday.Jena Malone on Channeling PTSD for The Hunger Games and Why All Women Should Shave Their Heads
"Anger doesn't make you feel warm and fuzzy at night."Watch Paul Dano and Michael Caine Talk About Selling Out in Youth
As Caine’s character warns, “Levity is also a perversion.”Watch Adele’s ‘Hello’ Get the Classroom-Instrument Treatment on Fallon’s Tonight Show
Featuring a banana and a flip phone.