In 2009, a young Canadian rapper named Drake burst onto the scene with his third mixtape So Far Gone.
Now a decade later, Drake plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary by releasing the project to streaming services for the first time.
Taking to Instagram, he reflected on the milestone moment and thanked those who helped him get to where he is today including contributors such as Noah “40” Shebib,” Boi-1da, Omarion, and Bun B. He acknowledged Trey Songz for being the “first person to recognize potential and give me a co-sign” as well as LeBron James for coming to his release party and making him the “biggest artist in the city off your presence alone.”
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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…[email protected] 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. 🙏🏽
He also shouted out Kanye West, whose 808s & Heartbreak song “Say You Will” he sampled on “Say What’s Real.” Despite their beef, Drake recognized Ye for his impact on his career. “@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit,” said Drake, “and even though you stay wildin on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career.”
The two have been at odds in recent months. In December, Kanye took to Twitter to share a text he received from Drake’s camp attempting to clear the So Far Gone sample. “This proves shit faker than wrestling,” Ye tweeted at the time.
Of course, his mentor Lil Wayne also received a special shoutout. “@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anybody has ever given me,” said Drake.
On Thursday (Feb. 14), So Far Gone will be available on streaming services for the first time. The 18-track project was instrumental in launching Drake’s career and spawned hits including “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful.” It was released as a 9-track EP in September 2009.