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.”
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.