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  • Summary: The Canadian rapper/actor's mixtape resulted in a record contract with Universal Motown.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. So Far Gone is unquestionably one of the most cohesive, atmospheric hip hop records in recent memory--which is almost the antithesis of what one expects from a mixtape.
  2. I am aware that I am giving the following guy an 85% on Cokemachineglow. The thing is, he deserves it.
  3. His materialism threads throughout So Far Gone (champagne flutes, girls, BlackBerrys, more girls), but he chases that with soft touches of humor and honesty.
  4. So Far Gone still scans as one of the most compulsively listenable mixtapes of a great year for mixtapes.
  5. For a beginner, even one whose big-time endorsements seem to have cemented a promising start, So Far Gone is a pretty brave effort, and Drake's ability to juggle standard bling-and-bluster narratives with intelligent narratives bodes well for his future.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Nov 13, 2011
    10
    Excellent mixtape. One of the best to come out in the last decade. The samples are great, and the production is just overall amazing (thanksExcellent mixtape. One of the best to come out in the last decade. The samples are great, and the production is just overall amazing (thanks to Noah "40" Shebib). A great mixture of R&B and rap here. "Lust for Life" is a standout track. Others include: "Uptown," "Let's Call It Off," "Brand New." Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2020
    10
    'So Far Gone' is the breakthrough mixtape project which put Drake on the map within the music industry. I believe this project to be a classic'So Far Gone' is the breakthrough mixtape project which put Drake on the map within the music industry. I believe this project to be a classic among mixtapes, as it is clearly one of the highest caliber. There's a reason why critics have reviewed this as his highest-rated project, to this day. Put simply, Drake was able to finally carve out a niche for himself, by being able to prove himself as a rapper, while simultaneously singing his heart out to the audience. In the songs, "Successful", "Say What's Real", and "The Calm" he shows his ability to be deep and introspective. Meanwhile on the songs, "Houstalantavegas", "Let's Call It Off", "A Night Off", "Little Bit", "Sooner Than Later", "Bria's Interlude", and "Brand New", he shows his soft-side by channeling his singing talents over atmospheric Pop/R&B beats. Finally, he shows his ability to have fun and be braggadocios on the songs, "Ignant ****", "Best I Ever Had", "Unstoppable", "Uptown", and "Congratulations". Throughout the album, producer Noah "40" Shebib was able to create sonically pleasing beats almost indistinguishable in quality from any best-selling album, while Drake made the decision to use classic beats from artists such as Kanye West and Jay-Z to prove his ability, and he certainly did justice to them. It goes without saying that Drake would go on to hone his skills and become a better artist, but for the period in his career that he was at, he was able to achieve the highest level of quality he could in this project. It is also worth pointing out that because this mixtape was so cohesive and high-quality, it raised the bar for what makes a good mixtape, meaning many artists (including Drake himself in "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" and "More Life") would go on to make mixtapes which could easily be confused as albums because they were so well made. For these reasons, I must give this mixtape a 10/10, and still consider this to be one of Drake's best projects. Expand
  3. CLK
    Dec 12, 2013
    10
    Amazing song structure, personal lyrics and overall great album. Will help solidify him as a hip hop legend. Negatives though are present though.....
  4. Dec 8, 2014
    9
    One of the best mixtapes from this decade, and a standout for the year, "So Far Gone" is one of Drake's greatest works (if not his greatest).One of the best mixtapes from this decade, and a standout for the year, "So Far Gone" is one of Drake's greatest works (if not his greatest). The lush, woozy sound that his producer/friend Noah "40" Shebib is able to bring to the table fits perfectly for Drake's mood and storytelling, which is also incredible. You will be hard-pressed to find a more atmospheric mixtape that plays as if it were a debut album. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    9
    Chances of Drake topping this mixtape in his career are very slim. Might be the greatest mixtape ever behind Nostalgia, Ultra by Frank OceanChances of Drake topping this mixtape in his career are very slim. Might be the greatest mixtape ever behind Nostalgia, Ultra by Frank Ocean and Thursday by the weeknd. Expand
  6. Sep 4, 2021
    8
    Great mixtape.Drake really shows that he can do r&b and rap both.This is classic for me
  7. Jan 9, 2016
    3
    The mixture of rap and rnb might have been revolutionary at the time but to me this feels way off. I am a big fan of drake's work but so farThe mixture of rap and rnb might have been revolutionary at the time but to me this feels way off. I am a big fan of drake's work but so far gone is a failure Expand

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