I was a huge Aaliyah fan. I had her posters, calendars, collected magazines she was featured in. Her music changed my life. Her style was queer, combining masculine and feminine. My ultimate dream was to be able to sing with her. When she passed away I cried, and wrote a song about her. I still, to this day, want to get a tattoo of her “A” symbol with wings.
Being a giant Aaliyah fan makes me wary of this song, and the rumored posthumous album Drake is producing. Drake was still Jimmy from Degrassi when Aaliyah passed away. He was never in the studio with her, did not know her personally. So what makes him qualified to handle her vocals, besides that he can afford to do so? Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s fine. But how about letting Timbaland and Missy Elliott handle this project instead? They worked closely together for years. They rose to fame together. How is Drake even connected to this? Aaliyah’s own brother Rashad denies that this project is happening, and I think that says something.
I understand the desire to bring Aaliyah’s legacy into contemporary time, but I’m just not convinced that Drake is the one who should be at the helm of it all. I’m keeping a suspicious eye turned.
Enough Said (feat. Drake) - Aaliyah