Is the "Mixtape" Scene/game DEAD?

Mixtapes are dead. Free albums are here. Original beats & things.

Do rappers get royalties if theyre free downloads get radio/tv/youtube plays? If not, they pot way too much money & effort into these throwaway tapes.
Music is free nowadays.... what you bring with the music is what you can charge for.... whether its merchandise, shows, or placements.... you have to trick people into thinking they are getting something free.... but in reality they are not.... life is all about plugs lol
Lyrism is slowly returning but the scene will be dead as long as people mumbling instead of actually dropping bars exist.