Mixtapes have long played an important role in hip-hop. Often viewed as an unfiltered, more authentic alternative to the traditional album release, the mixtape format as we now know it rose to prominence in the blog-era 2000s, just as hip-hop heads were becoming more internet savvy. The careers of some of the leading genre’s biggest stars were cemented as a result of their once considered unofficial bodies of work. Other rap kings have had their legacies launch off of the strength of their mixtapes.

Starting from the bottom, a relatively unknown Drake dropped the game-changing So Far Gone 10 years ago this week and nothing has been the same since. With hit records like "Best I Ever Had" and "Successful,” the critically acclaimed project plays like an official album. The mixtape, which features 17 tracks along with a bonus cut, Kanye West and Lykke Li remakes and guest appearances from R&B stars Trey Songz, Lloyd and Omarion, as well as his OGs Bun B and Lil Wayne, introduced the world to the Toronto upstart. It also propelled the careers of Grammy Award-winning producers Boi-1da and Noah "40" Shebib. In honor of So Far Gone’s 10th anniversary, the 6ix God blessed fans who've previously only had access to an abbreviated EP version of the classic mixtape by liberating it in its totality, making it available on major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.

Drake joins a growing list of artists who have made their mixtapes available for mass consumption. Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y have also reintroduced a classic mixtape recently. Currently on the joint 2009 tour, the “Rolling Up” tandem streamed their 2009 collaboration How Fly for the first time earlier this month. Wiz's cult-classic, Kush & OJ, as well as other gems from his catalogue have also popped up on streaming services over the years.

Here, XXL takes a look at 15 classic mixtapes from the likes of Jay-Z, Future, Meek Mill and others that are currently available on streaming services.

  • Dame Dash Presents Paid In Full / Dream Team

    2002

    Artist: Roc-A-Fella Records

    Available on: Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Champions," "Don't You Know," "One For Peedi Crack," "Roc Army"

  • 50 Cent Is the Future

    2002

    Artist: G-Unit

    Available on: Spotify

    Standout tracks: "U Should Be Here," "Bump Dat Street Mix," "The Banks Workout," "G-Unit Soldiers," "Bad News," "G-Unit That's What's Up!"

  • God's Plan

    2002

    Artist: G-Unit (With DJ Whoo Kid)

    Available on: Spotify, Apple Music

    Standout tracks: "Catch Me in the Hood," "If Dead Men Could Talk," "Banks Workout Part 2," "187 Yayo," "Minds Playing Tricks," "Niggas"

  • The S. Carter Collection

    2003

    Artist: Jay-Z

    Available on: Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Young, Black & Gifted Freestyle," "Pump It Up Freestyle," "Beware"

     

  • Trap or Die

    2005

    Artist: Young Jeezy (With DJ Drama)

    Available on: Spotify, Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Trap or Die," "Get Ya Mind Right," "We Luv Ya," "3-6 Freestyle," "U.S.D.A., Pt. 2"

  • Dedication 2

    2006

    Artist: Lil Wayne (With DJ Drama)

    Available on: Spotify

    Standout tracks: "Sportscenter," "Welcome to the Concrete Jungle," "Spitter," "Where The Cash At"

  • Separate But Equal

    2006

    Artist: Little Brother (With DJ Drama)

    Available on: Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music

    Standout tracks: "Boondock Saints," "Speed Racin," "I Need You," "Let It Go"

  • Mood Muzik 2: Can It Get Any Worse?

    2006

    Artist: Joe Budden (With DJ On Point)

    Available On: Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify

    Standout tracks: "6 Minutes of Death," "Old School Mouse," "Dumb Out," "Three Sides to a Story," "If I Die Tomorrow"

  • Can't Ban the Snowman

    2006

    Artist: Young Jeezy (With DJ Drama)

    Available on: Spotify, Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Ya Dig," "Jeezy the Snowman," "I'm Back," "Studio Gangsters"

  • Down With the King: Gangsta Grillz

    2006

    Artist: T.I. (With DJ Drama)

    Available on: Spotify

    Standout tracks: "Welcome Back," "99 Problems Freestyle," "Jackin' for Beats," "Final Four"

  • Mood Muzik 3: For Better or for Worse

    2007

    Artist: Joe Budden (With DJ On Point)

    Available On: Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify

    Standout tracks: "Ventilation," "Family Reunion," "All Of Me," "Thou Shall Not Fall," "Welfare," "Send Him Our Love"

  • So Far Gone

    2009

    Artist: Drake

    Available On: Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music

    Standout tracks: "Say What's Real," "Best I Ever Had," "Successful," "Ignorant Shit," "Houstatlantavegas," "Uptown," "The Calm," "Congratulations"

  • How Fly

    2009

    Artist: Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y

    Available on: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Car Service," "Fly Niggas Do Fly Things," "Drunk Dialing," "How Fly," "Rollin' Up"

  • Kush & Orange Juice

    2010

    Artist: Wiz Khalifa

    Available on: Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music

    Standout tracks: "The Kid Frankie," "Mezmorized," "Visions," "Good Dank," "Glass House"

  • The Marathon

    2010

    Artist: Nipsey Hussle

    Available On: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Blue Laces," "A Million," "Keys to the City," "Mac 11 on the Dresser," "I Dont' Give a Fucc," "Mr. Untouchable"

  • The S.O.U.L. Tape

    2011

    Artist: Fabolous

    Available On: Tidal, Spotify

    Standout tracks: "Diced Pineapples (Remix)," "In the Morning," "Louis Vuitton," "Life Is So Exciting," "Mo Brooklyn, Mo Harlem, Mo Southside," "Pain," "Wolves in Sheeps Clothing"

  • Dreamchasers

    2011

    Artist: Meek Mill (With DJ Drama)

    Available On: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal

    Standout tracks: "I'm a Boss," "Derrick Rose," "Tony Story," "House Party," "Middle of Da Summer"

  • Best Day Ever

    2011

    Artist: Mac Miller

    Available on: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Best Day Ever," "Donald Trump," "I'll Be There," "Keep Floatin'," "Oy Vey"

  • 1999

    2012

    Artist: Joey Bada$$

    Available On: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Survival Tactics," "Daily Routine," "World Domination," "Snakes," "Don't Front"

  • Dreamchasers 2

    2012

    Artist: Meek Mill (With DJ Drama)

    Available On: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Ready or Not," "Amen," "A1 Everything," "Everyday," "Racked Up Shawty," "Lean Wit It"

  • Detroit

    2014

    Artist: Big Sean

    Available On: Tidal

    Standout tracks: "24K of Gold," "Mula," "How It Feel," "I'm Gonna Be," "100," "Sellin Dreams," "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"

  • Monster

    2015

    Artist: Future

    Available On: Tidal

    Standout tracks: "Fuck Up Some Commas," "Throw Away," "2Pac," "Showed Up," "Codeine Crazy," "After That"