Throwback Thursday, indeed. To mark the tenth anniversary of his breakthrough release, So Far Gone, Drake has made the mixtape available on streaming services.
So Far Gone, the rapper’s third-ever mixtape, was released on February 13, 2009 and spawned hits like “Best I Ever Had” and the Lil Wayne-featuring “Successful.” Its runaway success promptly incited a bidding war for Drake among major labels, of which Young Money Entertainment emerged triumphant.
The mixtape has been absent from Drake’s streaming discography all this while, likely due to issues of copyright and sample clearance. The rapper hinted at So Far Gone’s release to streaming services last year when he asked Kanye West to clear the sampled beat of “Say You Will” on “Say What’s Real”—a request set West off on a Twitter rant, escalating their feud in the process.
Drizzy brought the tiff up yesterday in a long Instagram post, reflecting on everyone he’d worked with or sampled on So Far Gone and how far they’d come. Addressing West, he wrote: “A decade ago I rapped over your beat ’cause you just made the best shit, and even though you stay wildin’ on Twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career.”
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@futuretheprince a decade ago you were Dj’ing all ages parties…@ovo40 a decade ago you were scared to share your beats…@oliverelkhatib a decade ago you worked at a clothing store selling someone else’s product…@boi1da a decade ago you were in a basement with pink insulation walls figuring out fruity loops…@ovoniko a decade ago we were handing out flyers promoting club nights…@realbriamyles a decade ago you were working the makeup counter at Beverly Centre…@nebzilla a decade ago your moms house was my safe place and we really ran through the 6 everyday together…@bunb a decade ago you were a legend and you will remain that forever…@benballer a decade ago you promoted me as if you were getting a cut of my career…@treysongz a decade ago you were the first person to recognize potential and give me a co-sign…@omarion a decade ago you came to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and laid a verse for an unknown artist from Canada…@darkiemade a decade ago you emailed me the cover art for something that would change my life forever….@kingjames a decade ago you came to my release party at 6 Degrees and made me the biggest artist in the city off your presence alone…@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career…Portia I don’t know your IG but a decade ago you told me to rap over June 27th and bonded me and Houston Texas forever…@jas.prince a decade ago you took a chance on MySpace and introduced me to Wayne…@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anybody has ever given me…I will never forget anybody involved in this journey even if you don’t fit in this caption…So Far Gone streaming everywhere for the first time ever Thursday. ??
So… beef squashed? Whatever the case, you can now stream So Far Gone here: