Monica was just 14 when her first album, Miss Thang
, was released in 1995. After her breakthrough The Boy Is Mine
in 1998, she released All Eyez on Me
in 2002, which disappointed.
This was a difficult time for Monica, who lost her grandmother and her cousin, and also witnessed a suicide. She also had to deal with rumors on the Internet - something that wasn't a factor when she started.
"Everything about After The Storm
was about my life after the hardship," she told Fader
in 2016. "This album came when I felt whole enough to make a record again. 'So Gone' was actually created because [Missy Elliott] kept the microphone on and overheard my phone conversations. After hearing my phone conversation, she created this song."