Ten years after Drake released his iconic debut breakout mixtape So Far Gone, the full album was finally made available on streaming services on Valentine’s Day. The mixtape includes the song, “Say What’s Real,” which features Drake rapping over a sample of Kanye’s “Say You Will” off 808s & Heartbreak. Because the rights to the sample are owned by Kanye, the rapper needed to give Drake permission to release the track on streaming services.
Kanye West took to Twitter in December to announce he would deny Drake permission to use the sample. “Not cleared,” the rapper stated.
However, despite Kanye’s public claims, “Say What’s Real” appeared on streaming services along with the rest of the mixtape. It seems the rapper had a sudden change of heart and gave Dreezy permission to use his beats.
Drake thanked everyone involved in the mixtape in a lengthy Instagram caption and voiced his appreciation for the influence Kanye had on the rapper’s early career.
“@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career”
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@futuretheprince a decade ago you were Dj’ing all ages parties…@ovo40 a decade ago you were scared to share your beats…@oliverelkhatib a decade ago you worked at a clothing store selling someone else’s product…@boi1da a decade ago you were in a basement with pink insulation walls figuring out fruity loops…@ovoniko a decade ago we were handing out flyers promoting club nights…@realbriamyles a decade ago you were working the makeup counter at Beverly Centre…@nebzilla a decade ago your moms house was my safe place and we really ran through the 6 everyday together…@bunb a decade ago you were a legend and you will remain that forever…@benballer a decade ago you promoted me as if you were getting a cut of my career…@treysongz a decade ago you were the first person to recognize potential and give me a co-sign…@omarion a decade ago you came to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and laid a verse for an unknown artist from Canada…@darkiemade a decade ago you emailed me the cover art for something that would change my life forever….@kingjames a decade ago you came to my release party at 6 Degrees and made me the biggest artist in the city off your presence alone…@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career…Portia I don’t know your IG but a decade ago you told me to rap over June 27th and bonded me and Houston Texas forever…@jas.prince a decade ago you took a chance on MySpace and introduced me to Wayne…@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anybody has ever given me…I will never forget anybody involved in this journey even if you don’t fit in this caption…So Far Gone streaming everywhere for the first time ever Thursday. 🙏🏽
Kanye is listed under the production credits for “Say What’s Real” as the song’s composer.
So Far Gone was previously available for free online. Now, the mixtape which includes features from other artists like Lil Wayne, Santigold, Trey Songz, and Bun B can now be streamed on all platforms.
The addition of Dreezy’s mixtape to accessible streaming services comes shortly after the rapper’s Grammy win for Best Rap Song.
Listen to Drake’s “Say What’s Real” off of So Far Gone.