In this week's print edition we profile rapper Childish Gambino. Of course, if you don't recognize the name you might better know him as Troy Barnes on NBC's Thursday night comedy Community. Childish Gambino is just one of many up-and-coming talents who are breaking the hip-hop mold, and a big part of Childish Gambino's success is the mixtapes that he has been releasing since long before his acting days.
Mixtapes are a big part of launching many rappers careers. And no, we're not talking about the shitty mixtapes you used to make for your high school crushes (the ones with way too many R. Kelly songs). Mixtapes in hip-hop are nothing new and have been around since the early days of Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Flash. Of course, back then they were a little bit harder to get a hold of, but in the days of the Internet just about anyone can create them and release them to the masses.
Here are a few of the best mixtapes recently released that you can download entirely free and legal.
Childish Gambino is scheduled to perform Wednesday, April 11, at The Venue Scottsdale.