By: CHAD GELFAND
Drake’s third, critically acclaimed mixtape “So Far Gone” celebrated its 10th anniversary on Wednesday. The mixtape skyrocketed Drake into the mainstream with such people as Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and Bun B being featured on the tape.
The tape debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 albums behind the power of singles “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful.” The Toronto rapper was well on his way too being at the forefront of hip-hop after the massive success of the tape.
Drake has now made the mixtape available on streaming services in honor of the 10th anniversary of the tape dropping. Drake announced this earlier this week on Instagram, even giving credit to his current hip-hop adversary Kanye West, as Drake sample the 808s and Heartbreak song “Welcome To Heartbreak” on the So Far Gone track “Say What’s Real.”
Drake did manage to throw some shade in the direction of Kanye West though, in the Instagram post, Drake said, “Even though you stay wilding on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career.”
Drake also went on to credit Lil Wayne with giving him “the biggest blessing anybody has ever given me,” due to Wayne being featured on three songs on the tape at a time when Wayne was at the top of the hip-hop game.
Ten years later and Drake is still one of the most commercially successful rappers in hip-hop. In 2018 according to Mixmag Drake was number one streamed artist on Spotify. “So Far Gone” was the sky rocketed that propelled Drake into the superstar that he is today.