Drake’s So Far Gone Is On All Streaming Services For Its 10th Anniversary and I’m Having Major Nostalgia Vibes

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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

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It was deemed too obscure so it was replaced with this.

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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.

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This was the original artwork for “Fear”

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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.

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Top Albums of 2018

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Mariah Carey-Caution

Mariah finally got out of her rut (while she’s has a few good singles, the last Mariah Carey project that I liked in its entirely was 2005’s Emancipation of Mimi) with this year’s surprise hit Caution. Instead of trying to make a formulaic hit, Mariah got back to writing her soul wrenching lyrics and worked with the hottest producers instead, like DJ Mustard and Timbaland, to make both a timely and classic album. She also stepped out the box and worked with producers Nineteen85 and Blood Orange.

Top Track: “A NoNo”

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A Star Is Born

Full disclosure, I’ve haven’t seen any previous iterations of this movie and I didn’t have any expectations because I’m not a huge county fan, but I loved this movie and soundtrack. My emotions! My emotions! This is the Lady Gaga we need.

Top Track: “Why Did You Do That”

Drake-Scorpion

I would describe Scorpion as the “choose your own adventure” album of 2018. This album could be an inflated mess with too many songs. It could be a rap album. It could be an R&B album. It could be a long interlude to Drake finally confessing he has a kid. I choose Scorpion to be a perfect mix of songs to make any mixtape I feel like.

Top Track: “Nice For What”

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Black Panther Soundtrack

Its been a long time since movies soundtracks were exciting and we ave two on the list this year. Kendrick is great at a concept album, and taking the concept of Black Panther and giving a voice to the characters and the spirit of this fictional country was amazing.

Khalid and Swae Lee: “The Ways”

Top 5: Alessia Cara: Know-It-All

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Alessia Cara is starting the next chapter of her career with “Growing Pains,” but it is important to reflect on where she has been with her debut album, Know-It-All.  Here are my Top 5 for the album below.

“Here”

Her debut single has the moody R&B feel that I wish the album had more of. It solidified Cara as the “anti-social pessimist” underdog which we all feel like inside.

“I’m Yours”

Cara can’t be negative, no matter how hard she tries, when she’s falling in love. I love how in the song, she still tried to keep an attitude, but despite her best efforts, keeps falling. An interesting take on a love song.

“Four Pink Walls”

The only song Cara wrote by herself on her debut album, “Four Pink Walls” in actually the strongest song lyrically, showing off Alessia’s potential. It definitely is an anthem for anyone that had a dream that seemed unreachable.

“Wild Things”

Know-It-All seems to be the soundtrack to the underdogs, but in this song highlights that you aren’t alone. I love the “yayayaya” chant in the background.

“River Of Tears”

The amount of pain, vulnerability and frustration that Alessia Cara shows on the song is great. With just a piano, her voice and emotions, Cara showed that she didn’t need a lot of background noise to get her message across.

Check out the entire album below.

All The Degrassi Actors Who Were In The “I’m Upset Video” and Their Last IMDb Credit

Drake released the video for his new single “I’m Upset” that is his high-school reunion…at Degrassi.

Like any high school reunion, it is good to check in to what people have been doing. Here is every cameo in the video and their last IMDb credit.

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Jimmy and Spinner

Last IMDb credit:

Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Jimmy

Degrassi The Next Class (2016) Spinner

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Ellie, Marco, Paige

Last IMDb credit:

UnReal (2018) Ellie

Degrassi The Next Class (2016) Marco

Killer High (filming) Paige

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Craig

Last IMDb credit:

Designated Survivor (2016-2018)

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Terri

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-2004)

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Hazel

Last IMDb credit:

The Number: The Reboot (2016-2017)

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Ashley

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi: Minis (2005-2008)

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Ms. Kwan and Archie “Snake” Simpson

Last IMDb credit:

The Adventures of Napkin Man! (2015) -Ms. Kwan

Very Very Valentine (2018) -Archie

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Rick

Last IMDb credit:

Deadly Inferno (2016)

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Toby

Last IMDb credit:

Falling Water (2018)

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Jay and Silent Bob

Last IMDb credit:

Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot (announced) -Jay

Moose Jaw (announced as producer)  -Silent Bob

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Derek and Danny

Last IMDb credit:

Charlie Muse (post production)  -Derek

Goalie (filming)  -Danny

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Connor

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi: The Next Generation (2008-2015)

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Emma and Manny:

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi The Next Class (2016) (Emma)

Paint It Red (in post production) (Manny)

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Mia

Last IMDb credit:

Lucky Day (in post production)

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Liberty

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi The Next Class (2016)

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Jane

Last IMDb credit:

Edging (2018)

Check out the full video below.

Top Five: Ariana Grande Shares Her Top 5 Songs From Dangerous Woman and My Everything, Yours Truly

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Ariana Grande is known for interacting with her fans on Twitter, but she gave us some insider information on her favorite songs.

A fan asked Ariana Grande what her top five for Dangerous Woman was. She replied.

Ariana Grande’s Top 5 For Dangerous Woman

“Be Alright”
“Dangerous Woman”
“Let Me Love You”
“Side To Side”
“Knew Better/Forever Boy”

A fan followed up with asking what her Top Five were for her sophomore album, My Everything

Ariana Grande’s Top 5 For My Everything

“Only One”
“Be My Baby”
“Best Mistake”
“Break Your Heart Right Back”
“You Don’t Know Me”

A few day later she shared her top five for Yours Truly

 

Ariana Grande’s Top 5 For Yours Truly

“Honeymoon Ave”
“Lovin’ It”
“Daydreaming”
“You’ll Never Know”
“Right There”

I decided to share my top five for each of her album.
My Top 5 For Yours Truly

“Honeymoon Avenue”
“Baby I”
“Right There”
“Lovin’ It”
“The Way”

My Top 5 For My Everything

“Break Free”
“Best Mistake”
“Be My Baby”
“Break Your Heart Right Back”
“Love Me Harder”

My Top 5 Dangerous Woman

“Be Alright”
“Into You”
“Sometimes”
“Bad Decisions”
“Knew Better/Forever Boy”
*Honorable mention to accapela version of Dangerous Woman

My favorite album is Yours Truly because I love the old school, Babyface feel. I really miss her collaborations with Big Sean, but my favorite collab partner of her’s is Cashmere Cat. His single “Adore” featuring her vocals is probably her best song.

Her album, Sweetener, is due out in August and below is a playlist of Grande’s favorite songs from her albums. Check out a playlist of Grande’s favorite songs below.

Best Music of 2018 (So Far)

We are roughly half way in to 2018, meaning it time to highlight the best of the year thus far. While we are waiting for the anticipated summer releases, like Drake’s Scorpion, the first half of 2018 has already brought great music. Check out the list of the best songs and albums below.

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Probably the most underrated artist on TDE, SiR’s November shows the essential characteristics of a promising artist: a cohesive album that takes you on a journey and relatable lyrics that don’t sound generic.

Black Panther The Album

The best movie soundtrack I’ve heard in quite some time, this album, executive produced by Kendrick, fits the movie perfectly. From a song told from the perspective of the villain (“King’s Dead”) to the collab that we never knew we needed (Khalid and Swae Lee) this album is as memorable as the movie.

Drake-“God’s’ Plan”

Right now everyone is focused on Drake and Push-T’s beef, but lets not forgot Drake biggest accomplishment this year. “God’s Plan” was number one for 11 weeks on the Billboard 100. It’s a motivational song on top of a trap beat, with a memorable video of Drake giving the whole video budget away to the people of Miami.

Swae Lee ft Slim Jxmii and Rae Sremmurd-“Guatemala-From Swaecation

Even though this is from Swae Lee’s solo endeavor, Swaecation, Slim Jxmmi is featured on this song. His rap verse is the perfect compliment to Swae Lee’s frothy lyrics on this island infused jam.

Childish Gambino-“This Is America”

“This Is America” replaced “God’s Plan” as the number one song after premiering its vivid video. There is something beautiful about the number one song is America featuring the line “black man, get your money” in the chorus.

What’s your favorite music of 2018 thus far?

‘A Walk To Remember’ Was Mandy Moore’s Best Double Threat Moment

Sixteen years ago, Mandy Moore made her starring role debut in ‘A Walk To Remember.’ I remember I was excited to see the movie because I was Mandy Moore fan, but didn’t really expect much from the acting. But the movie was DEVASTATINGLY SAD. Great preparation for “This is Us” over a decade later.

Of course when any singer acts, most of the time they try to integrate their singing ability somewhere in there. Mandy Moore previously did this with “Stupid Cupid” in ‘The Princess Diaries’ the year before. She also sings on “This is Us” and has in several other roles. However, Mandy Moore had her best acting/singing moment in ‘A Walk To Remember’ with “Only Hope.” In the film, this feels like the first time we see her character, Jamie, come out of her shell, and was a major moment for Mandy Moore and her character.

Mandy went on to win “Breakout Performance: Female” at the MTV Movie Awards that year and continued acting and singing. ‘A Walk To Remember’ was a great role for her to start transitioning in her career. It is also where Mandy picked up her now signature brunette hair look.

Best Taylor Swift Song From Each of Her Famous Relationships

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Taylor Swift is known for her high profile relationships and how they lend material to her music. But with so many famous muses and songs, what are the best from each relationship? Below I picked the best. Some choices are surprising (spoiler alert, “All Too Well” is not on the list).

Joe Jonas

“Holy Ground” from Red (2012)

Joe Jonas was one of Taylor’s first famous muses, with her adding the song “Forever and Always” as a late addition to her album Fearless.  While most of her songs about Joe were negative (he did break up with her on a 15 second phone call), this was a positive reflection of their relationship and appreciating what they had, no matter how fleeting it was.

Taylor Lautner

“Back To December” from Speak Now (2010)

I’m pretty sure this is the only song about Taylor Lautner. What’s unique about this song is it is the first time that Taylor admits she was at fault in a relationship. At that time, it was a unique point of view from her.

John Mayer

“Story of Us” from Speak Now (2010)

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When people think of a Taylor Swift song about John Mayer, they usually think of “Dear John,” which was also on this album. However, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of an upbeat song about a tragic relationship.

Jake Gyllenhaal

“Almost Do” from Red (2012)

I know, this choice was surprising since when everyone thinks Jake, they think of “All Too Well,” but honestly I don’t really like that song too much. I feel like “Almost Do” is more relatable because everyone has gone through the feeling of wanting to call an ex, but not wanting to risk putting yourself in that vulnerable place again. I will say that Jake Gyllenhall relationship probably made some of my favorite Taylor Swift love songs because it was just so dramatic and sad, but very detailed.

Connor Kennedy

“Begin Again” from Red (2012)

This song could be consider both a Jake Gyllenhall and Connor Kennedy song because it is about the end of one relationship and the beginning of a new one. This tied with “Everything Has Changed” but what makes this one stand it is the realization you can find joy with someone else after heartbreak.

Harry Styles

“Style” from 1989 (2013)

One of my favorite Taylor Swift song. Just a fun song about a relationship that seems to never end. I like how the song really isn’t that serious and puts you in a good mood.

Calvin Harris

“Dancing With Our Hands Tied” from reputation (2017)

Probably the only song about Calvin that she has made so far. I like that its a bop, and again I like that juxtaposition about a relationship that is doomed to fail. I also like how it is revealing about how she felt the relationship wouldn’t work out because of outside factors.

Tom Hiddleston

“I Did Something Bad” from reputation (2017)

Actually, I don’t like this song, but I do like what it reveals about her relationship with Tom Hiddleston. The lyric

“I never trust a playboy
But they love me
So I fly him all around the world
And I let them think they saved me
They never see it comin’
What I do next
This is how the world works
You gotta leave before you get left”

seems like its a nod to the rumor that she broke up with Tom because he wanted to be too public.

Joe Alwyn

“End Game” from reputation (2017)

I just enjoy “End Game.” I like the lightness of the song and what seems like a fun relationship.

What your favorite Taylor Swift song and muse?

Better with or without? Artists leaving a group for their solo career.

Camila Cabello just released her debut album, about a year after leaving Fifth Harmony. While people were surprised that she left the group, history shows that this was not surprising at all; most group eventually have someone going solo. To mark yet another former group member making their solo debut, lets take a look back on famous people who left a group and reflect if they were better with or without the group.

Camila Cabello

Left: Fifth Harmony

First single: “Crying In The Club”

Better with or without the group?

 

Without. While “Crying In The Club” wasn’t a hit single, her next single “Havana” charted higher than any other Fifth Harmony song, peaking at number two. Fifth Harmony’s highest ranked song without Camila, “Down” only peaked at number 42. Its projected that her debut album with be number one, a feat the Fifth Harmony didn’t reach.

Omarion

Left: B2K

First single: “O”

Better with or without the group?

Without. His career was a bit longer than B2K’s, but at this point a reunion tour wouldn’t be the worst idea and would sell more than if he did a solo tour.

Justin Timberlake

Left: *NSYNC

First single: “Like I Love You”

Draw. *NSYNC did crazy numbers. But groups can only last song long, so he left the group at a highpoint and probably the best time.  Justin Timberlake solo career has been amazing, however, I don’t have the highest hopes for his upcoming “Americana” album.

Jesse McCartney

Left: Dream Street

First single: “Beautiful Soul”

Better with or without the group?

Without. Honestly I’ve never heard anything about Dream Street besides their random made-for-TV album commercial.  Jesse McCartney went on to have a few hits and some acting roles so he was better off.

Bobby Brown

Left: New Edition

First single: “Girlfriend”

Better with or without the group?

Draw. New Edition had huge success with and without Bobby. Bobby also had a successful career but then drugs and drama got in the way. Probably best for him to leave the group at the time he did for everyone’s sake.

Pusha-T

Left: Clipse

First single: “Pain”

Better with or without the group?

With. I guess it was best for things to end because (No) Malice no longer wanted to be apart of it, but I love Clipse’s songs way more than Pusha-T’s songs.

Marques Houston

Left: Immature

First single: “That Girl”

Better with or without the group?

Draw. Both had mildly successful careers.  I will say I still love Marques’ song “Naked.”

JC Chasez

Left: *Nsync

First single: “Some Girls (Dance With Women)”

Better with or without the group?

With. His solo songs were garbage, even though he had one of the best songs of the group. However, there was not much of a group after Justin left, so I guess he had nothing to lose.

Jordan Knight

Left: New Kids On The Block

First single: “Give It To You”

Better with or without the group?

With. To me his first single was his only successful song. I do really love this song though.

Chris Kirkpatrick

Left: *Nsync

First single: “Shiny Teeth and Me”

This was more so of a joke because this obviously wasn’t a solo effort, but he did make a name for himself in NickToon history.

Dear Barack, Here Are Some Song Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Songs from 2017

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Dear Barack,

First off, thanks for sharing your favorite songs of 2017.  You have such great taste, and I think we could be best friends.  Your probably pretty busy enjoying retirement, so I decided to give you some music recommendations based on some of your favorite songs from 2017.

Since You Liked: “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled ft Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

You’ll Like: “Run Me Dry” By Bryson Tiller

What’s great about “Wild Thoughts” is the fun, international sound.  Instead of the Spanish sound of “Wild Thoughts” you get more of an island sound with “Run Me Dry.”  But it features a similar fun groove to dance to and has Bryson Tiller who was on “Wild Thoughts.”

Since You Liked: “Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott

You’ll Like: “Ex Calling” by 6lack

Barry, you’ll get that trap sound that you like in “Butterfly Effect.”  The also have similar rap cadences on these songs. However, with “Ex Calling” you’ll get more of a cohesive story line about the turmoils of an ex.

Since You Liked: “Chanel” by Frank Ocean

You’ll Like: “Loose” by Daniel Caesar

Both songs have the similar “stream of consciousness” lyric style. Frank is talking more about the duality that exists within gender and sexuality, while Caesar is talking more about letting go of an ex. Production wise Caesar was definitely influenced by Frank Ocean.

Since You Liked: “Rise Up” by Andra Day

You’ll Like: “Thank You” by Kehlani

While “Rise Up” is about tenacity during adversity, “Thank You” is about appreciating the people who have been around you while your were going through growing pains. Both have a positive message about solidarity and the evolution of a person.

Since You Liked: “Havana” by Camila Cabello ft Young Thug

You’ll Like: “I’m A Fan” by Pia Mia ft Jeremih

“I’m A Fan” is a great song that was buried in all the music that came out in 2017, but Pia Mia’s babydoll voice is a bit similar to Camila. Also, they both share a fun beat, with “Havana” being more Cuban and “I’m A Fan” being more Caribbean based.

I hope you like my recommendations. I made a Spotify playlist for you for easy access to the songs below. Please keep in touch and give us some more of you favorite songs. Maybe touch base in the summer?

Sincerely,

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