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    Is it smart for an unsigned or unknown artist to make an album or mixtape?

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    I think putting out 6-7 mixtapes in 6 months are a waste of time for an underground or a mainstream artist. Cause then people get burned out of listening to them and it may hurt there actual album sales when they do put one out....I personally think mixtapes are just a funny way of saying "I could put out a LP but it's to much work and money" cause we all know with mixtapes 9 times out of 10 they are just using beats from someone elses albums smh...in short mixtapes are a waste of time UNLESS you're a DJ mixtapes are for them NOT for artist

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    me too

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    If by mixtape you mean putting you music on a release that has multiple artist on it, then I'd say mixtape. It's always a great idea to get your song played to new audiences. But, if your' the only person on the mixtape, the it's no longer a mixtape. At that point it because an LP, EP, or Album release.

    I suspect you mean to use other peoples beats and remixes to demonstrate your lyrical abilities. In that case, you should refer to it as demo release, because the purpose is to demonstrate. The term mixtape can strike a nerve for most people and can hurt your efforts more than help. Just think about all of the whack a*s rappers that aggressively push the"mixtapes" on unsuspecting people. Personally, my stomach turns a bit when I hear the word "mixtape". To me, mixtapes have no depth or motivation. Theirs no real effort put into them because they're meant to made and release ridiculously fast. This can be a good thing, depending on your circumstances; however, most people rarely have an actual need for putting out a mixtape.

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    very very well explained couldnt say it any better than that
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    Mixtapes are for artists for multiple ways
    Initially in creating music Mixtapes are good to get name out and work on your craft. Mixtapes in general are free or at least cheaper sales.
    Mixtape can be a collection of 12 songs I find albums should be much more concepted and well put together

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    Should def do a mixtape first but treat it like an album. Make it professional sounding and people will become fans. If u jus take some freestyles and record over them fine but go to a professional studio and do it dont get a cheap computer mic and do it i hate that. If u dont have money for a recording studio save up some money until u do and then go, people wont even give the song a chance if tha quality is garbage dont matter how good tha lyrics are
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    I think mixtapes are important for any artist. I stopped listening to certain artists because their material had become SO commercial that they became boring. But with a release of a carefully crafted mixtape I remembered why I started listening to them in the first place. (I'm mainly speaking of TIP with his "Fuck Da City Up" mixtape). But I think it's even more important to have visuals around projects. Future's Pluto album was a big disappointment to me. With a nice amount of mixtapes and good features I don't think fans become tired of hearing an artist IMO.

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    mixtapes are an important part of creating a fan base, you have to start somewhere, but with your mixtape go for the best possible, of every thing, best possible mix, master, sound, beats, verses, hooks, you need to treat it like an album, if people see how much effort you put into your mixtapes that you may be selling for $3 - $5 or giving out for free, then when they see you selling an album for $10 or so they are gonna be willing to pay it knowing that you have the best quality sound etc, main thing is being consistant and always giving your all

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    To me a mixtape is the platform/route any artist out today should take prior to releasing an album.

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    totally agree with illsoulproductions
    first u gotta get urself a name/attention before doing an album


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    producerjc has a great point, never thought about it like that before

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    imho a mixtape should be appealing to your listeners just enough , as an announcement of your upcoming album , promotonal purposes , getting people warmed up for it and making them look forward to the release date of your album , if you are an unsigned artist nobody ever heard before , why not try building a name by putting out mixtapes through different mixtape hosting-sites?its easier then putting an album out in stores without anyone knowing what to expect .. sometimes you hear mixtapes by artists which are the songs that never made the cut of the previous album and so they lower the expectations for their upcoming one. i believe this is not the way to do it , treat your mixtape like an album , create a name and get yourself out there .. you cant go wrong , every day is a learning process and by the day you will release your album you will have improved since the mixtape,

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    Quote Originally Posted by producerjc View Post
    If by mixtape you mean putting you music on a release that has multiple artist on it, then I'd say mixtape. It's always a great idea to get your song played to new audiences. But, if your' the only person on the mixtape, the it's no longer a mixtape. At that point it because an LP, EP, or Album release.

    I suspect you mean to use other peoples beats and remixes to demonstrate your lyrical abilities. In that case, you should refer to it as demo release, because the purpose is to demonstrate. The term mixtape can strike a nerve for most people and can hurt your efforts more than help. Just think about all of the whack a*s rappers that aggressively push the"mixtapes" on unsuspecting people. Personally, my stomach turns a bit when I hear the word "mixtape". To me, mixtapes have no depth or motivation. Theirs no real effort put into them because they're meant to made and release ridiculously fast. This can be a good thing, depending on your circumstances; however, most people rarely have an actual need for putting out a mixtape.
    I really Like this man Im feeling not calling my work Mixtape material anymore......

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