Drake is a fan of Aaliyah, but who can fault him for that. She was a great artist and gave us so many R&B hits throughout the 90s and early 2000s. I still consider her to be one of my favorite artists and thoroughly enjoy listening to her music all these years later. But, it appears that Drake is taking his fandom to legitimate “Stan” levels.
And let’s be fair, Drake is a good artist in his own right. He creates music that appeals to the masses, at times showing a side to a man that is often kept private. He raps and sings, which has proven to be a great formula for him. However, I don’t think that means he’s a suitable choice to produce a new posthumous Aaliyah album.
Beyond being a fan of her himself and having his own successful career, I don’t know what exactly qualifies him to produce an Aaliyah album. I for sure don’t think it’s this beyond creepy tattoo of her face on his back. Or his recent area code tattoo that doubles as her birthday. If anything, his collection of Aaliyah tribute tattoos prove that is more of an obsessed fan.
According to Drizzy, he and 40 are “commanding” the project, which will feature Aaliyah and other artists that have worked with her. I found the first single, “Enough Said” which features Drake, to be good. But for Drake to self-appoint himself as commander of her upcoming posthumous album, it’s well, almost disrespectful. Missy and Timbaland were close friends of hers and helped to cultivate her distinctive sound. It is also unclear at this point as to whether her family is in support of his involvement in the project.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. As a fan, I don’t want the Drake sound all over an Aaliyah album. I for one, hope to see Missy and Timbaland at the helm while Drake falls back. More importantly, as a fan, I want Drake to appreciate how great the album with the two of them in control as well.
Just in case you aren’t convinced that Drake is obsessed with Aaliyah, check out this Complex article…an Aaliyah earpiece?!!???!?!!!
**UPDATE** Watch Missy and Timbaland discuss the whole Drake/Aaliyah controversy.