Having released of one of the biggest mixtapes of the past few years in So Far Gone, the homey Drake speaks to MTV’s Sway to discuss the evolution of the mixtape and why they’ve come back with a vengeance.
Says Drake: “I think that when creating a mixtape, you have to approach it with a selfless mind-set. A mixtape can’t be the songs that don’t make your album, or songs that aren’t good enough to make your album make your mixtape — unless you’re that good. There aren’t that many people that are that good. I’m not that good. That mixtape [So Far Gone] is me working my hardest. It wasn’t ‘Oh, here are the songs I’m gonna give away to you ’cause I have better songs coming.’ A mixtape has become an album. Before, I remember people used to be in the studio cutting songs, and they would be like, ‘Oh, that song is OK. I’ll just put it on my mixtape.’ Now a mixtape is an actual tool. It’s a format you need. You don’t necessarily need it, but it can be useful.”