Ante Up: Mixtapes That Went From Free to a Fee

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  • The-Dream
  • Drake
  • Yelawolf, Trunk Musik
  • The Weeknd, Trilogy
  • Wale, The Mixtape About Nothing
  • Wale, Back to the Feature
  • Game, BWS Radio Part 5
  • DJ Drama & Young Jeezy, Can't Ban the Snowman
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  • Gang
  • Wiz Khalifa, Flight School

Drake, So Far Gone

Drake's So Far Gone, released in February 2009, broke through like few mixtapes ever before. "Best I Ever Had" became a major radio hit and landed a Grammy nomination, and Drake signed a deal with Young Money in the aftermath. A stripped-down EP version of So Far Gone was released in September to capitalize on the buzz, eventually going gold. 

(Photo: Young Money)

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