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Drake thanks Kanye West, LeBron James and more on 10th anniversary of So Far Gone mixtape

By
Melody Lau

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of Drake's breakthrough mixtape, So Far Gone.

To celebrate, the Toronto rapper took to Instagram to post a lengthy note looking back at where he, his team and the artists who helped boost him were a decade ago. To his longtime producer and friend Noah "40" Shebib, Drake wrote: "@ovo40 a decade ago you were scared to share your beats..." He also shouted out producer and manager Future the Prince, producer boi1da and OVO Sound cofounder Oliver El-Khatib.

Drake then thanked artists Trey Songz and Omarion, for giving him a co-sign and giving him a guest verse, respectively. Drake also mentioned basketball star LeBron James for attending his release party, adding that James "made me the biggest artist in the city off your presence alone." Then, he turned his attention to Kanye West, with whom Drake's had an on-and-off friendship over the years. (On So Far Gone, Drake sampled West's "Say You Will" on the track "Say What's Real.")

"@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," Drake wrote.

He concludes by mentioning Lil Wayne, who first signed him to Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. He wrote: "You took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anybody has ever given me."

Tomorrow, So Far Gone will be made available on streaming services for the first time ever. On the mixtape, Drake samples a number of notable artists, including the Notorious B.I.G. ("November 18th"), Lykke Li ("Little Bit"), Missy Elliott ("Bira's Interlude") and Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales ("Outro").

Drake's breakout hit off the mixtape was "Best I Ever Had," which was later included on his debut album, Thank Me Later. It was Drake's first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single, kickstarting a decade of chart dominance that's still going strong today. "Best I Ever Had" also earned him his first two Grammy Award nominations, for best rap solo performance and best rap song.

So Far Gone was critically acclaimed, receiving positive reviews upon release from publications like Pitchfork, Complex and Boston Globe. Today, artists like J. Cole and Jazz Cartier refer to the mixtape as a classic.

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