Drake, famous for some of our favorite songs such as Best I Ever Had, Headlines, and I’m on One featuring Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, released his first collaboration with idol Aaliyah entitled “Enough Said.” Posted to his website on Sunday, the track is credited as “Aaliyah featuring Drake,” is produced by Noah “40” Shebib and features unreleased vocals from Aaliyah, who died tragically in a plane crash 11 years ago at the age of 22.
Drake has cited Aaliyah as one of his biggest musical influences and according to the Hollywood Reporter, he even has a tattoo of Aailyah’s face on his back. Rumors are circulating that this is just the first song in a long line of Drake and Aaliyah duets set to be released in a posthumous album spearheaded by Drake. In fact, Rolling Stone reports that Drake recently contacted Timbaland, who alongside Missy Elliott wrote and produced most of Aaliyah’s 1996 album One in a Million, after the producer told New York hip-hop station Power 105 last week that it “would just not be right” if he and Elliott were not part of the project. “The proper way for him to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record,” said Timbaland.
Not everyone supports Drake’s new project. According to the New York Daily News, the few verses with lyrics that Drake contributes to “Enough Said” are seen by fans as a subtle diss on fellow R&B singer Chris Brown. Drake rhymes, “Running through the city with n—as I’d give a kidney/ Selling under 150 you n—as got to be kidding/ Is this even still a discussion?/ Don’t you ever wake up disgusted?” Despite the fact that these last few lines could be seen as a general shot at fellow rappers, fans are taking this set of lyrics in particular as a direct hit to Brown, who only sold 135,000 copies of his album “Fortune” last month, according to MTV.
Additionally, Aaliyah’s family has denied any involvement in the album. The late singer’s brother, Rashad Haughton announced, “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family. Haughton went on to say on Facebook, “Do you want an Aaliyah album? If so, who should executive produce it or be featured on it? The Haughton Family would love to hear what her FANS have to say?”
Clearly there is controversy over this Drake and Aaliyah collaboration, but we should allow the song to speak for itself. Listen to “Enough Said” and let us know what you think.