A mixtape is an important promotional tool for hip hop artists who want to generate publicity for their music. Often arranged to flow like a studio album, a mixtape typically contains tracks by a single artist or musical group and may include:
Mixtape Format & Distribution
The term mixtape is a holdover from days when tape was actually a preferred recording and listening format. Nowadays, a mixtape usually comes in the form of a CD, which an artist can have officially pressed for distribution.
There are various channels through which an artist can distribute a mixtape: on the street; at clubs or shows; through friends, producers, or independent record dealers; or on the Internet (in mp3 format).