In 2009, Drake released his third mixtape, So Far Gone.
It was made available for free download through his OVO blog website, and featured Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Omarion, Lloyd, and Bun B.
When asked about the move to Forest Hill, Drake replied, "[We had] a half of a house we could live in.
The other people had the top half, we had the bottom half.
Due to the economic status associated with the neighbourhood, Drake described the school as "not by any means the easiest school to go to.
[It's tough]." a basketball star who became physically disabled after he was shot by a classmate.
I lived in the basement, my mom lived on the first floor. It was what we could afford." He attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, where he demonstrated an affinity for the arts, first acting while an active student at the school.
He later attended Vaughan Road Academy in the city's multicultural Oakwood–Vaughan neighbourhood.
Bass guitarist Larry Graham and the late songwriter Teenie Hodges are his paternal uncles.
The mixtape featured Trey Songz and Lupe Fiasco, and included vast production from Canadian producers Boi-1da, and Frank Dukes.
When asked about the mixtape, Drake described the project as "pretty straightforward, radio friendly, [and] not much content to it." The mixtape was released for sale only, and confirmed to have sold over 6,000 copies.
It received over 2,000 downloads in the first 2 hours of release, finding mainstream commercial success due to the singles "Best I Ever Had" and "Successful", both gaining Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with the former also peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
This prompted the mixtape's re-release as an EP, featuring only four songs from the original, as well as the additions of the songs "I'm Goin' In" and "Fear".
Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s.