Ten years ago, in the early morning hours of February 13, 2009, Drake crashed the internet with the release of his highly-anticipated So Far Gone mixtape.
It’s a moment I’ll never forget. Frequenting refreshing the October’s Very Own blog for updates, relaying information (like a random Omarion appearance) to our readers, and just shooting the shit in the comment section while we waited (and waited) for what turned out to be a game-changing release in hip hop history.
To celebrate the project’s 10th anniversary, Drake took to Instagram to reminisce and reach out to everyone that was involved—from Bun B and Trey Songz to LeBron James and Lil Wayne with a memory of their time a decade in the past.
He even hit Kanye West with a shout (and shade) for using his “Say You Will” beat. Which, unfortunately, would become one of the reasons for their current fallout, with Kanye throwing a wrench in Drake’s plans of releasing So Far Gone on streaming services by refusing to clear it.
“A decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit,” he said. “And even though you stay wildin’ on Twitter these days, I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career.”
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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. 🙏🏽
Drake ended the post by revealing So Far Gone will finally be “streaming everywhere” on Thursday night–giving fans a chance to relive the moment they first pressed play.
UPDATE (2/14): As promised, So Far Gone — in it’s entirety (not that bullsh*t EP version) has been released on all streaming platforms for the first time.