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The mixtape of the future might not be free

On Valentine's Day, 2006, a 19-year-old rapper known as Drake dropped his first mixtape. Titled Room for Improvement, it featured 22 tracks of bare-bones, radio-friendly rap. At the time, Room for Improvement made little impact, but songs like the sleepy basement recording "Come Winter" and self-referential spoken-word interludes like "Drake's Voice Mail Box #1" hinted at the sonic evolution of Drake. Room for Improvement was released as a physical CD and was available to download for free on the popular mixtape hosting site DatPiff. In the following two years, Drake released two more mixtapes, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, the latter of which was available as a free download on Drake's own website. It saw millions of downloads. Drake...

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