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Tyler, the Creator got us thinking, best Gangsta Grillz mixtapes

Throwback vibes.

words by: Kai Acevedo
Sep 26, 2021

Fans and critics agree, Tyler, The Creator’s latest album, CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST is dope. The Grammy Award-winning artist is in his element on his second No. 1 album. Throughout the 16-track project he shows love to the people, places and experiences that have helped shape his eclectic perspective on life.



“I just love rap so godd–n much … listening to [The] Dedication with [Lil] Wayne, and ‘We Got It For Cheap’ with Clipse, they really shaped me into who I am,” Tyler told Billboard. “I think a lot of people forget that I’m a rapper because I’m so multifaceted. I just had to remind everyone.’”


With the release of CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, Tyler also reminded many listeners of the classic Gangsta Grillz mixtapes. Hosted and curated by DJ Drama, Gangsta Grillz tapes were sort of a rite of passage for many rappers. Out of the 150 Gangsta Grillz tapes that were crafted, there are a few projects that still stick out for one reason or another. Revisit these Gangsta Grillz mixtapes that have stood out.


T.R.U. REALigion (2011)

2 Chainz
Tracks to remember: “Spend It” featuring T.I.; “Riot”


Separate But Equal (2006)

Little Brother
Tracks to remember: “Let It Go”; “Can We Get A Freestyle Please”


In My Zone (Rhythm & Streets) (2010)

Chris Brown
Tracks to remember: “No Bullshit”; “Bad” featuring Soulja Boy


In My Mind (The Prequel) (2006)

Pharrell Williams
Tracks to remember: “When Skateboard Came”; “Word to the Motherland”


Dreamchasers 2 (2012)

Meek Mill
Tracks to remember: “Amen” featuring Drake and Jeremih; “Burn” featuring Big Sean; “A1 Everything” featuring Kendrick Lamar


Dedication 2 (2006)

Lil Wayne
Tracks to remember: “Where The Cash At” featuring Currency and Remy Ma; “Welcome to tha Concrete Jungle” featuring Juelz Santana


Trap Or Die (2003)

Young Jeezy
Tracks to remember: “We Tried to Tell ‘Em”; “Get Ya Mind Right”


Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz (2010)

dead prez
Tracks to remember: “Malcolm Garvey Huey”


Crenshaw (2013)

Nipsey Hussle
Tracks to remember: “Change Nothing”; “Face The World”


A Trip to St. Elsewhere (2006)

Gnarls Barkley
Tracks to remember: “Crazy”


Beach House 2 (2013)

Ty Dolla $ign
Tracks to remember: “Paranoid”


There Is No Competition 2 (2010)

Tracks to remember: “For The Money” featuring Nicki Minaj; “All The Way Turnt Up” featuring Trey Songz


All Hail the King (2007)

Katt Williams
Tracks to remember: “The N Word” featuring Lil Wayne;


Boss of All Bosses 2 (2010)

Cam’ron & Vado
Tracks to remember: “Stop It Slime,” “Always Made It,” and “They Feelin Us”


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