So Far Gone: 10th anniversary Available for streaming everywhere Thursday at midnight. pic.twitter.com/OpAHzXZ98l— OVO Sound (@OVOSound) February 13, 2019
So Far Gone is unanimously a classic among Drake fans, as it changed the landscape of hip-hop and influenced many of the genre’s current stars. At 18 tracks, Drake refined his ability to sing and rap on moody soundscapes, and developed the blueprint for how his sound would take shape on future projects. So Far Gone stamped Drake as an artist who wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable, balancing melancholy with happiness; triumphs with losses. Many of the mixtape's lyrics have become metaphors for people's lives, a time capsule of when you were chasing dreams of being successful, hurt by love, or somewhere in between.
Drake went through a lot for us all and changed our lives. You wouldn’t know the half. I could never pay that man back, forever love, respect and loyalty to that man and nothing less. pic.twitter.com/cDh9p8k0Ui— Boi-1da (@Boi1da) February 13, 2019
The mixtape featured the likes of a prime Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Omarion, Lloyd, and Bun B. Drake also remixed songs by Lykke Li, Santigold, Kanye West, JAY-Z, and others to showcase both his range and influence outside of hip-hop. There was an emphasis on a Houston aesthetic, found on "Houstatlantavegas" and "November 18th," and he ventured into pop with “Best I Ever Had,” which became a breakout hit. Due to its success, So Far Gone was re-issued as an EP in September of 2009, featuring two new songs—“I’m Goin’ In” with Weezy and Jeezy, and “Fear.”
Prior to the announcement of So Far Gone being added to streaming services, Kanye West’s Twitter rant in December revealed Drake’s attempt to get the “Say What’s Real” sample cleared in the midst of their feud. Drake shouted Kanye out in his reflections on the project 10 years later, but also made sure to note that 'Ye stays "wildin’ on Twitter these days."
Interestingly, Drake's So Far Gone EP was taken down from streaming platforms. Also, Lil Wayne doesn't appear on "Congratulations" on this newest version of So Far Gone.
Stream So Far Gone below via Apple Music.