Recently, the buzz surrounding mixtape releases has almost surpassed that of albums themselves. This seems like a lot to make out of a promotional variety-pack of original and recycled beats, topped with off-the-cuff rhymes. Yet, in the past year or so, we've seen more and more examples of artists who blur these lines. Emcees have put increasing amounts of time energy into these releases, sometimes even landing top radio hits like Kid Cudi with last year's "Day 'N' Nite", and "Best I Ever Had" off of this year's number one, Drake's So Far Gone. Check out our picks for Best of 2009 below.
10. Gucci Land, Gucci Mane
9. The Warm Up, J. Cole
8. Flight School, Wiz Khalifa
7. Dat Kid From Cleveland, Kid Cudi
6. Gone Fishing, The Cool Kids
5. Back to the Feature, Wale
4. No Ceilings, Lil' Wayne
3. B.o.B. vs. Bobby Ray, B.o.B.
2. UKnowBigSean Vol. 2, Big Sean
1. So Far Gone, Drake