Steven J. Horowitz

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