Days after rumors circulated that Drake would executive produce Aaliyah’s posthumous album, his producer, Noah “40” Shebib, debuted a song, “Enough Said.” Although the chilling song is more Drake than Aaliyah, he’s listed as the featured artist. Nevertheless, it’s quite enjoyable.
Prior to the song’s release, Timbaland candidly spoke out against the possibilities of Drake releasing new Aaliyah material. He said the only proper way to go about presenting new Aaliyah music to the world is if himself and Missy Elliot were involved. Fans, myself included, echoed Tim’s sentiments.
In March, Aaliyah’s brother Rashad released a statement via Twitter denouncing the family’s support of any posthumous album. Producer Jeffrey Walker prompted the statement after excitedly tweeting about his leaked contribution to the forthcoming album.
Unfortunately, the family doesn’t legally possess Aaliyah’s rights, so their input isn’t required to release her music. The Blackground Records logo is shown at the bottom left corner of the cover art, indicating the legal support of Barry Hankerson, the founder of Blackground and holder of Aaliyah’s music rights.
I don’t have a problem with Drake reintroducing Aaliyah’s music to today’s youth or keeping her memory alive–if it’s done (in Timbaland’s words) properly. The proper way, in my opinion, is to consult people that were close to her, musically and personally, to make sure her legacy is upheld accordingly. I didn’t know her either, of course, but I highly doubt she’d approve of an obsessed stan using her name against her immediate family’s wishes.
Both Drake and J. Cole generously complimented the singer by sampling her music; however, this creepy fascination Drake has with her is severely off-putting and makes people unfriendly to him publishing unheard vocals or anything else from her. Then to add negativity to something she’s inherently apart of insults her legacy.
Are you open to an Aaliyah album executive produced by Drake without Timbaland, Missy Elliot or the family’s consent? Are Drake’s morally wrong actions acceptable because they are legally right?
An unofficial version with Drake’s redundant verse extracted has surfaced. Listen below!
It’s noted that DMX and Aaliyah’s relationship extended beyond movies and music. It’s also well-noted that he isn’t particularly fond of Drake. His imminent reaction to this madness is sure to be quite interesting.