They are mainly made by DJs, and are released to promote the DJ, and all the other artists that are featured on the Mixtape.
Mixtapes normally use music sampled from other artists' songs, which are not normally cleared for use, but are overlooked by most music authorities, including those who's music is sampled.
Mixtapes are mostly only Explicit content, very rarely compiled of Edited material, and are normally either given out for free at concerts, or sold at the artists'/DJ's websites and at underground music stores, normally priced at only a fraction of the cost of a normal CD, typically ranging from $0.99 to $10.00 apiece.
While other, more rare or specially made Mixtapes can range from the price of a normal CD, to even more.
Mixtapes are also typically online, released for free Mp3 download, while their physical packaging normally consists on only the CD, a Slim-Jewel case, and front artwork. Although, some more special Mixtapes, come in standard Jewel cases, front and back artwork, a booklet, and maybe other special items, like a poster or a bonus DVD, although this is rare.
Examples of a MixtapeEdit
- Fort Minor: We Major - A Mixtape created by DJ Green Lantern and Fort Minor, released to promote the (at the time) upcoming Fort Minor album The Rising Tied.
- 79Cortinaz: The Rise To Fame (Official Mixtape) - A Mixtape created by DJ Zap and Jay Sinkie, released to promote the upcoming 79Cortinaz debut album.