The leaves are changing color and artists everywhere are gearing up to promote the release of their projects due before year’s end. These artists are really going to have to pull out all of the stops though, because a ton of great music has already came out this past Summer for FREE, on plenty of dope mixtapes.

2012 has been a great year for Hip Hop and to prove just how great it has been, let’s showcase ten of the best projects you don’t even have to pay for, that were in heavy rotation during the Summer of 2012. Let’s not waste any more time, there is too much good music to be listened to.

Hit the jump for The Ten Best Mixtapes Released This Summer

10. Troy Ave – Bricks In My Backpack 3

Brooklyn MC Troy Ave has been slowly and consistently making a name for himself in the rap game as of late. This third installment of his Bricks In My Backpack series has received a ton of critical acclaim, featuring the hits “Shame” & “Red Cup”. If you’re still sleeping on Troy Ave click play and wake yourself up.

Download: Troy Ave – Bricks In My Backpack 3