February 13th is indeed a day in musical history. For today is the day that Drake dropped the classic mix tape that is ‘So Far Gone’.
The word ‘classic’ gets thrown around rather loosely nowadays when it comes to music, but when it comes to ‘So Far Gone’ there is no denying it. It’s been five years yet ‘So Far Gone’ is still in heavy rotation and talked about as if it was just yesterday. Drake was already being talked about and making quite the name for himself, but ‘So Far Gone’ took it up a notch. A couple of notches actually.
“So Far Gone has a lot of meanings—as the way we carry ourselves, the way we dress, the way people view us, not to sound cocky, it’s just that feeling that we’re just distanced in a good way. You’re just elevating past the bullshit and past all the shit that you used to be a part of and you’re not that proud of, you’re just so far gone.” – Drake
I think the most interesting thing about ‘So Far Gone’ is the fact that Drake thought he was making the biggest mistake of his life by releasing it. Fast forward to now and I think we’d all have to agree it was the complete opposite. Happy 5th year anniversary to ‘So Far Gone’! Check out what ‘So Far Gone’ means to the Word On Road contributors below.
I remember it like it was yesterday. There was a minor delay in Drake releasing ‘So Far Gone’, but he kept us updated via the OVO blog to let us know it was indeed coming. In his words, fashionably late. I pressed play and “Lust For Life” filled my headphones. My first thought, “this sounds like an album”. Continuing to listen to the project in full, these very words became even more true. The overall sound of the project was mesmerizing and the way 40 was able to go in and flip these songs that one wouldn’t think of in regards to hip-hop had me in awe. Drake’s raps were strong as ever and his singing was on point. This made for a deadly combination and an amazing project. To this day, I listen to ‘So Far Gone’ from front to back and it takes me back to those very moments when I was in college. This mix tape definitely served as the sound track to my first college years and I wouldn’t have it any other way. How could I forget those times of “putting people on” to Drake and passing the download link around like candy. I was already a fan of Drake with ‘Comeback Season’, but ‘So Far Gone’ definitely helped take it to another level. With that being said, Happy 5th year anniversary to ‘So Far Gone’! I know it will continually be able to stand the test of time. — Meg
5 years ago ‘So Far Gone’ dropped and I can still remember hearing it for the first time like it was yesterday. At the time, the only thing I’d been listening to was ‘Tha Carter III’ and taking occasional breaks to jam out to Flo Rida’s “Right Round.” A few nights after the tape dropped I decided to download the mixtape because I’d listened to some Drake music before. From that moment on I was completely hooked. I had never heard music, let alone hip-hop music, like it before. One of things that has always stood out to me about Drake’s music is that he makes the listener feel like it could be them, not that they could be him. Some kids from Toronto made a 17 song mixtape and got nominated for two Grammys. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize history when you’re living through it, especially when you’re listening to it. But, 177 nominations, a Grammy, and over 5 million albums later, it’s proof that for the past 5 years we’ve been listening to nothing but that. Happy 5th anniversary to the masterpiece that is ‘So Far Gone’. Congratulations and thank you to Drake and everyone else who had a hand in the project. — Taylor
It’s so amazing to see that So Far Gone is on its fifth anniversary and still very relevant amongst fans and others. So Far Gone is particularly significant to me because: it’s the first time I truly listened to something Drake put out in full. I was still in high school and I remember telling classmates, “Yo, you need to check out this new Drake.” Countless classmates went to play it, we all loved it. To this day, I still love it! I went back to listen to his other mixtapes that were out, and from there, a fan—for more than his acting career—was born. I’m proud that he’s still making music and making a great name for himself. So, with all of that being said, happy 5th anniversary to So Far Gone! — Neka
Drake Riding Around Listening To ‘So Far Gone’