The Artist: T.I.
The Mixtape: 2010's Fuck A Mixtape
Why It Didn't Live Up To The Hype: Tip has never been much of a mixtape artist. That's mostly because he's never been one to freestyle or jump on beats that have already been used by other artists. As a result, Fuck A Mixtape was essentially a collection of tracks that weren't going to make the cut for T.I.'s seventh studio album, No Mercy. And when you consider that that project was easily one of Tip's worst, it's not hard to hear why the ironically-titled Fuck A Mixtape was an underwhelming listening experience.
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The Artist: Pusha T
The Mixtape: 2011's Fear of God
Why It Didn't Live Up To The Hype: To be fair here, Fear of God is dope. Really dope, in fact. But, after years of us begging Pusha to release a solo project, we somehow expected even more from this. It was only released four months ago but it feels like longer than that—and with Pusha already pushing a new Fear of God 2 EP featuring a host of new tracks, it seems like he wasn't 100 percent happy with the way the original mixtape turned out, either. Like we said, this project was dope, but it wasn't as dope as it probably could have—or should have—been.
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The Artist: Fabolous
The Mixtape: 2011's The S.O.U.L. Tape
Why It Didn't Live Up To The Hype: When Fab first start pushing this project, he said that it was inspired by Jay-Z's Blueprint album. That made us think it would be a super crazy 'tape filled with soul samples. That's not what we got, though. Fab had a good thing going with his There Is No Competition series and he probably would have been better off sticking to that script. We give him credit for trying to ride the wave of success after "You Be Killin' 'Em" took off, but this didn't really capitalize off of it.
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The Artist: Game
The Mixtape: 2010's Brake Lights
Why It Didn't Live Up To The Hype: Game's next project, The R.E.D. Album, has seen its' fair share of starts and stops over the course of the last few years. So, if nothing else, Brake Lights was appropriately-titled. However, that's about all it had going for it. It had too many tracks, too many random features, and too many songs that sounded like throwaway cuts from his pending album. Fortunately, he returned in 2011 with another mixtape called Purp & Patron to redeem himself, but Brake Lights served as little more than a bump in the road when he dropped it.