Written By: Victoria Hill
Label: Young Money – Rating:
Drake is one of hip-hop’s newest rising stars…he has toured with Lil Wayne, released three mixtapes and appeared on several hot singles with Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx.
“So Far Gone” is Drake’s first EP. Originally released as a mixtape earlier this year, its two singles “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful” became big hits, and the decision was made to release an album. Only 5 of the 18 songs from the mixtape appear on the EP, with “Fear” and “I’m Goin’ In” being new. The EP boasts guest appearances from Trey Songz, Lil Wayne and Bun B. I particularly like the track “Fear,” as it speaks to facing an uncertain future and finding your place.
The EP’s strongest track, “Best I Ever Had”, Drake is not afraid to boast that “when my album drops/bitches will buy it for the picture/and n****s will buy it too/and claim they got it for they sister.” I love Drake’s confidence and swagger because if you are going to deliver a line like this, you better have something to back it up- which he does have.
On “Successful” (featuring Trey Songz and Lil Wayne), Drake raps about success- “the money, the cars and the clothes”, but getting through the shit life can bring is real success. I find it refreshing that Drake realizes that as much as “the money, the cars and the clothes” are nice- it’s not a true picture of success, you also need to be successful in all the aspects of life (family, home, relationships).
Drake has a wise beyond his years feel, which I enjoy. I could tell that Drake is not content with simple, but is striving for something more. “So Far Gone” is a good introduction to Drake and what we can expect from him when he releases his full length album in 2010.