Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Record label: Universal Motown/Cash Money
No doubt about it, Drake blew up big time in 2009. The one-time TV actor (from Degrassi High: The Next Generation) hooked up with Lil Wayne a couple years previously, worked the mixtape and collabo circuit hard for a spell, and then suddenly hit with the song "Best I Ever Had." The song was taken from the So Far Gone mixtape and became, arguably, the top summer jam of 2009. After a ferocious bidding war, Drake ended up signing with Universal Motown (while keeping his affiliation with Weezy's Young Money and Cash Money intact), and they officially introduced Drake with the So Far Gone EP.
It’s taken surprisingly little time for this Canadian charmer to complete his journey from Degrassi: The Next Generation actor to one of rap’s buzziest newcomers. Just one speed bump: He has yet to finish his debut album. Enter So Far Gone, an EP which pairs five tracks from February’s breakout mixtape of the same title (including hit single ”Best I Ever Had”) with two fresh ones.
“The more money we come across, the more problems we see.” – “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”, The Notorious B.I.G. Clearly, the concept of fame and wealth bringing equal amounts of pain and pleasure has been studied previous to 2009. But more and more, rappers in particular are speaking or spitting on the anguish associated with fame. Lupe Fiasco has said his next album – a triple-disc broken up into three separate records – will be his last.