Steven J. Horowitz

Steven J. Horowitz is a music journalist based in New York City. He currently serves as News Editor at HipHopDX.com and previously served as Associate Editor at YRB Magazine. He's contributed to Billboard, VIBE, RollingStone.com, VillageVoice.com, SPIN.com, and more.

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The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

Far from its adolescent iteration, the mixtape-a compilation of music generally distributed outside of label purview-has evolved from a mere display of DJ skills to a promotional tool packed with exclusive freestyles to an actual album-before-the-album given away fully-produced for free. Just ask Drake, Wiz Khalia and Big K.R.I.T.

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