All of us love when our favorite artists decide to finally release an album. Albums typically tell a story as opposed to just a single song release. Whether it’s been one year or ten years since their last album release, albums continue to have a lasting memory in our lives. Shortly after an album drop though, some artists will go as far as also releasing a mixtape. You may be asking yourself, what is the difference between a mixtape and an album.

Whether you are trying to decide for yourself to release an album or a mixtape, it’s important to know the key differences between the two releases.

Mixtape vs Album: What’s The Difference?

While the idea of a mixtape continues to change over the years, a mixtape is essentially a compilation of songs or remixes that artists will release to fans in between albums. Mixtapes were created to ease the anxiousness of fans when the artist is creating the structure and purpose of their album. Artists such as Chance The Rapper, Wiz Khalifa, and Drake are well-known to release free mixtapes as a way to stay relevant in between a major album release.

Albums, on the other hand, are substantial, well thought out pieces of art. Most albums are not made by one artist, but usually a multitude of artists, producers, and people working on the album behind the scenes.

While the thought process continues to change with mixtapes, many artists are releasing singles throughout the year and have steered away completely from dropping an entire album or mixtape altogether.

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