The Bay Area mixtape trade got its feet wet last year, and 2006 is already shaping up to be a serious pool party. We can expect full-length album previews, new artists' introductions, and all-around classics to be compiled onto discs that really represent our diverse, local hip hop flavor. And at a fraction of the cost of a normal CD (usually about $5 to $10), mixtapes are a low-risk way to sample various hip hop offerings before you plunk down for an official release. You'd do well to start with... More >>>