Before Drake hit the big time, he was another rapper putting out mixtapes trying to get his music out there to the world. (Well, and a Canadian TV star, but that's kind of another story.)

Drake released three mixtapes before getting mainstream recognition: Room for Improvement, Comeback Season and So Far Gone. The latter of which launched him in to the eyes of the world with the "Best I Ever Had" single. We all remember that one taking over airwaves and party playlists, right?

On Thursday's, we always like to throw it back to some old music, whether it's from the early 1990s or just 5-10 years ago. Today we're taking a look at Drakes mixtape releases from 2006, 2007, and 2009. He had a plethora of good, great, and not so hot output on those, but we'll be sure to focus on the great stuff!