On the anniversary of the release of Drake‘s critically acclaimed mixtape So Far Gone, I visit the impact it has had on his career
Five years ago to the day, A Toronto kid by the name of Aubrey Graham released a mixtape that propelled him to a career that was unforseen. On this day in 2009, the transformation into Drake began. He worked towards the newest style of a Hip-Hop artist. Merging rapping and singing in one.
Transcending past the typical hip-hop genre, Drake impressed many of his peers while managing to stay in his own lane. So Far Gone showcased Drake in his early days as a young kid trying to become a better artist while being on the road to getting his biggest break ever. He knew that his days rapping over other rapper’s beats would soon be over. Drake began with a mixtape with songs that tapped his inner child as a kid who frequented the cities of Toronto & Memphis. He shut the radio down with his smash hit “Best I Ever Had” which caught on to platinum status without a album release. Number one single that followed by his next premier track “Successful”.
With help from a few producers, notably his confidant Noah “40” Shebib. Noah was an up and coming producer and worked with him on the original mixtape. It gave visibility to both Drake & 40. They succeeded in releasing one of the most successful mixtape/EP’s of Hip-Hop history. The duo proved that their chemistry was on par to greatness and they merged this musical relationship to epic proportions.
First came “Thank Me Later”, then followed “Take Care” which is arguably the best album to date from Drake. 40 crafted the true Drake sound to the point that you can differentiate his production over anyone else’s. Finally Nothing Was The Same which is probably the most complete body of work to date from Aubrey.
Drake turned a mixtape into a multi-million dollar record deal and the OVO imprint has become sort of an empire. Calling themselves the new Roc-A-Fella, So Far Gone was the original Started From The Bottom. 5 Years later, it still gets heavy plays in car stereo’s, radio stations, and clubs. The replay value has been climbing every year that passes by. That Toronto kid clearly paved his own lane in the music industry
3 number one albums, plenty of platinum and gold plaques later, Nothing was the mothafuckin’ same and we salute the kid Drizzy Drake.
Below you can find a stream of the classic mixtape brought to you by yours truly.