10 years after its release, Drake has brought his career-defining mixtape, So Far Gone, to streaming services. Although the project does feature the OVO boss rapping over a handful of other artist’s beats, the majority of songs are produced by his close collaborator Noah “40” Shebib, establishing the slow, moody sound that’s become Drake’s signature.
Last December, Kanye West went on a Twitter rant which tipped off Drake’s efforts to reissue SFG to streaming platforms. Kanye revealed that Drake had requested sample clearance for “Say What’s Real,” which uses the beat from Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak track, “Say You Will.” Kanye evidently decided to clear the sample for the reissue.
So Far Gone was promoted with two singles, “Successful” and “Best I Ever Had,”both of which charted high on the Billboard Hot 100. The latter track peaked at No. 2, and remained Drake’s biggest Hot 100 hit until 2016. The mixtape includes appearances by Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Bun B, and Omarion.