So Far Gone was Drake’s third mixtape and the project that launched him into the mainstream worldwide. The critics loved it giving it an 81% approval rating. After being signed to Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal the project was re-released as an EP. On its 10th anniversary, we take a look back at the project and how it, in the end, became a project that helped shape the music that we hear today.

The History

So Far Gone was originally released on his October’s Very Own (OVO) label on February 13, 2009. The mixtape had two singles, ‘Best I Ever Had” and ‘Successful’ which featured Trey Songz.  The mixtape also had contributions from Omarion, Lloyd, Lykke Li, Lil Wayne, and Bun B. Both of his in-house producers 40 and Boi-1da careers took off with the success of the project and how it was composed.  It was obvious that Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak was a major influence on the mixtape’s atmospheric sounds.

Some of my personal favorite songs include ‘Houstonlantavegas’, ‘A Night Off’ (featuring Lloyd), and ‘Bria’s Interlude’ (featuring Omarion).

On the mixtape, Drake addresses his relationships over the years while gaining fame. In an interview with Complex he explained that the ideas for the tape came from a discussion between him and Oliver.

Since the release of So Far Gone, Drake’s musical career has skyrocketed. He signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2009 in a $2 million deal and released five studio albums. He’s won three Grammys and reportedly earned more than $250 million, before tax since 2010.

So Far Gone was the foundation of Drake’s career and was one of the biggest mixtapes of the mixtape era. It was the blueprint for Drake and the sound that he’s given us since then. So on this day let us reflect on one of the greatest mixtapes of the decade in So Far Gone. You can listen and download the album here.