In 2009, Drake released his celebrated mixtape So Far Gone. The tape was instantly dubbed a masterpiece because of his decision to unabashedly wear his heart on his sleeve, while also exploring his talents as a precocious rapper/singer. Not only did Drake seamlessly weave original tracks such as "Best I Ever Had" and "Successful" into the fold, but he also used other artists' beats, such as Jay-Z's "Ignorant Shit" and, most famously, Kanye West's "Say You Will" (for his own "Say What's Real") to nimbly craft his musical offering.
On Thursday (Dec. 13), Kanye West revealed on Twitter that Drake sent a clearance request for "Say What's Real," sharing a message texted to him by an unnamed person. “Drake sent in a clearance request for ‘Say What’s Real’. Do you wanna clear?” read the text. After a lengthy rant on Twitter and a phone call with Drake, West ultimately decided to deny the rapper his request for the sample clearance.
For Drake, the 6 God's decision to reach out to West despite their mangled relationship could be because So Far Gone's 10th anniversary is en route. Released in February 2009, the project cracked opened the mainstream doors for Drake with "Successful" and "Best I Ever Had," which climbed all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though Drake released a condensed version of the project in 2009 -- the EP only features six songs in comparison to the original mixtape's 18 tracks -- he failed to include his standout track "Say What's Real." Billboard reached out to Drake's reps for comment in regards to a potential reissue of So Far Gone.