Image Drake posted when releasing So Far Gone
Drake uploaded So Far Gone on February 13, 2009 and I can’t say I was online waiting for it. Not that I was late on Drake; of course I had seen him on Degrassi, but I was also familiar with his song “Replacement Girl” with Trey Songz. I just didn’t know anything about his blog, octobersveryown.blogspot.com or that he was still releasing music. But once I did, I was HOOKED on So Far Gone. I would listen to it obsessively basically until Thank Me Later came out and then I mixed those two together.
So Far Gone had a major influence on me. Not only did I become obsessed with Drake, it introduced to a lot of other artists and mixtapes that came up in 2009, such as J. Cole, Kid Cudi, and Wiz Khalifa. It influenced me to start my first blog (the big sister of this website). It led me to getting my master’s degree in Music Business from NYU and writing my thesis on using mixtapes as a business model. It got me into going to concerts and which eventually led to concert photography and this website. It also got me into spending way too much on concert merchandise.
Some interesting tidbits about So Far Gone and Drake during this era:
This was the original artwork for the “Best I Ever Had” single
It was deemed too obscure so it was replaced with this.
OVO used to post all the time to their blog on blogspot. You can still see the old posts, and they still post on it.
The original So Far Gone EP that was released on CD only had seven songs, including the new track, “Fear,” which remains my favorite Drake song.
This was the original artwork for “Fear”
Whats your favorite songs from So Far Gone? My top five are “Little Bit,” ” Best I Ever Had,” “Uptown,” “Sooner Than Later,” and “Brand New.