Drake has thanked Kanye West ahead of the release of his 2009 mixtape ‘So Far Gone’ on streaming platforms, despite the ‘Ye’ star “wildin on Twitter”.
The track ‘Say What’s Real’, which features on the mixtape, includes a sample of West’s ‘Say You Will’.
In an Instagram post announcing that ‘So Far Gone’ will now be available on streaming platforms from Thursday (February 14), Drake thanked the figures who were involved in the record and his early career. Tagging West’s now-defunct Instagram account, he wrote: “A decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wilding 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. ??
Drake is likely referencing West’s string of tweets last December in which he revealed he had received a request to clear the sample on ‘Say What’s Real’ before accused Drake of “playing all these industry games” and “sending purple emojis when [he was] dealing with mental shit.”
In those messages, the ‘Life Of Pablo’ rapper suggested he would not give Drake permission to use the sample officially. It’s currently unclear whether the upcoming streaming release of ‘So Far Gone’ will feature an edited version of ‘Say What’s Real’ or if West has changed his mind.
Meanwhile, Drake made a surprise appearance at the Grammys on Sunday (February 10) as he picked up the award for Best Rap Song for ‘God’s Plan’. His acceptance speech appeared to be cut short as he told the room full of artists they didn’t need awards to be considered winners.
A source from the Grammys later explained that producers had thought the star was finished when they cut to commercials but had offered him the opportunity to complete his speech. He reportedly confirmed that he had said all he wanted to at the time.