- 9 years ago
It is well-known in the rap community that mixtape releases can be the stepping stones that lead up-and-coming emcees to mainstream success, and the game today offers countless examples of artists who have taken this route to the big-time. Weezy, for example, wouldn’t be the superstar he is today if it wasn’t for his hot streak of mixtape releases between Carters II and III, and it’s not unlikely that one of the rhymesayers whose free mixtapes we’re currently enjoying is soon to become the Next Big Thing (Charles Hamilton, we’re looking at you). No discussion of mixtape successes would be complete, however, without mentioning the Mixtape Messiah himself. Yes, we’re talking about Hakeem “Chamillionaire” Seriki, whose mixtape career gave him the fuel he needed to ascend to the very peak of mainstream ubiquity.
Cham’s success has been so tremendous, in fact, that he’s begun to see the dark side of fame and fortune. Though 2007 found the emcee reveling in his Ultim