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Drake blesses us, we can now stream ‘So Far Gone’ for the first time ever

In celebration of its ten year anniversary, Toronto rapper, Drake, made the full original version of his groundbreaking mixtape, So Far Gone, available for streaming on all platforms for the first time ever yesterday.

There had been rumors of Drake possibly making the mixtape available for streaming on its ten-year anniversary last year when on one of Kanye’s Twitter rants he said he wouldn’t clear the sample for “Say What’s Real”, which takes from 808’s and Heartbreaks song “Say You Will.”

Either Drake issued an apology or offered a price Ye couldn’t refuse because the full-length career-defining body of work is here, and it’s taking everyone back in time in the process.

It’s something about So Far Gone, the year 2009, the blog era, and the millennials that pioneered it, that gives the tape a special place in so many hearts.

Besides being largely regarded as his best body of work, So Far Gone also was the soundtrack to so many teenagers who are now adults.

All the young to mid-level professionals around 28 years old right now would have been around 18 to 19 years old when So Far Gone dropped — wet behind the ears and longing for greatness for the first time. Which is the case for so many and why you see everyone in their feelings taking collective trips down memory lane. This tape memorialized those feelings for them.

From going bar to bar with Lil Wayne to crooning melodies with Llyod and Trey Songz, So Far Gone explored boundaries of rap unseen and set the tone for Drake’s career.

Originally dropped in Feb. 2009, So Far Gone led with the singles, “Successful” and “Best I Ever Had,” both of which charted high on the Billboard Hot 100. The latter hit No. 2 and remained Drake’s biggest Hot 100 hit until 2016.

There seems to be a new trend of giving flowers while the artists can still smell them going on that I think is good. It happened with Soulja Boy; Wiz and Curren$y are reliving their classic 2009 tape How Fly with a reunion tour and album, and now Drake is really getting the love, as he should.

So Far Gone was a simpler time and the fact that we get to revisit that place in time with the tune of a key or a bar from a verse is something we can be grateful for. People slander Drake a great deal and have been always critical of how “sensitive” he is, but it’s why the tape was so relatable and timeless.

Stream the 2009 classic below and relive the 10-year-ago-you.

How Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y are going to bring ‘2009’ vibes in 2019

This past weekend in Los Angeles, while promoting his headlining performance at Rolling Loud, Wiz Khalifa spoke with the radio show LA Leakers and shared maybe some of the most exciting news a Wiz fan could hear.

According to the Kush and O.J. rapper, he plans on going on tour with his right-hand man, Curren$y, as well as dropping the joint studio album, 2009. 

While headlining one of the last festivals of the years is dope and his seventh studio album, Roling Papers II, was a great addition to this year’s long list of good albums, a Curren$y tour and album is almost mind-blowing.

To the average everyday listener, it may not seem newsworthy: two guys going on a tour and releasing an album together, what’s the big deal? But oh, how you average listeners couldn’t be more wrong.

For one, they’ve never gone on tour exclusively together and secondly, 2009 has been teased and in the making for almost four years.

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y the Hot Spitta separately may be just like any other artist that you take a liking to, but together, when their talents are forged as one, you have arguably the greatest duo in modern rap history.

Think peanut butter and jelly, Hennesy and Coke or Ricky Bobby and Cal — this duo from Pittsburgh and New Orleans takes the cake over all of them.

The folklore of Wiz and Curren$y all started in 2009 with their joint mixtape How Fly.

To say the tape is a classic is a gross understatement. Wiz was still an up-and-coming artist on Rostrum Records and Curren$y was fresh off his break with Lil Wayne’s Cash Money.

After linking on the internet over music, meeting and smoking a lot of weed, they not only realized that they made good music together but that they were best friends. Wiz even named Curren$y Godfather to his son.

And How Fly is a testament to this chemistry.

We’re talking classic, back-pack, blog era raps that take you back in time upon listening. For 15 tracks Wiz and Curren$y seamlessly play off each other, complimenting each other’s style like they’ve been making together for decades.

Wiz will belt at the top of his lungs and serve melodies that Spitta lays low and bars up. Conversely, Curren$y will deliver one of his classic repetitive hooks the lul you into rapping and Wiz would match the tone and mood. They truly made a classic and fans can attest.

2009, the joint studio album that Wiz alluded to on LA Leakers, in an ode to How Fly being that it was the year it was made. That means back to sampled instrumentals, weed and laid back tunes.

Back in 2015, the duo dropped off the first single off of 2009 titled “Uber Driver” with hopes that it was coming soon but never did, further adding to the excitement of the announcement.

According to Curren$y’s Twitter, he and Wiz raised this generation of rappers and 2009  will be the guidelines on them once again, on the anniversary of the first mixtape.

Let’s just say, we’ll be waiting!