With his captivating combo of vulnerability, arrogance and undeniable talent Young Money's golden boy can usually do no wrong in my eyes but when Mr Drizzy Drake dropped a posthumous collaboration with Aaliyah this week I inhaled sharply. Having never even met Aaliyah and with diehard fans still cut deep from her premature death was he really the right person to rip off the 'unreleased material' band aid?
As soon as the unmistakable sound of the fallen starlet’s soothing tones hit my ears I didn’t give a shiny shizzle if it was Drake or Jedward who had released the track, for the next 3 minutes and 56 seconds Aaliyah was back in my life. Produced by Drake’s partner in music-making crime Noah “40” Shebib, the track has a sensual, after-hours and somewhat ethereal vibe. 40’s patented minimalist brand of chest-thumping percussion and subtle synth is undisputedly a fantastic fit with Aaliyah’s sultry understated vocal and I double dare you not to feel goosebumps with each ‘yeah yeah yeah’ the late songstress cooes.
Drake’s input however is questionable and a little disappointing in my eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I can respect that this track (along with two tattoos, sampling At Your Best on his hit Unforgettable and crediting her for how he’s ‘bout to get it) is his way of honouring the idol he so admires and adores, but doesn’t Aaliyah’s memory deserve much more than hype man adlibs and a woe-is-me verse about grappling with money and fame? I think it does. As do legions of Aaliyah fans who have expressed their distaste at the record, the shared consensus being that the only people who should be handling Aaliyah's music are her most frequent collaborators and best friends Timbaland and Missy Elliott.
Enough Said is rumoured to be part of an upcoming Aaliyah LP which, if this song is anything to go by, has me excited about what 40 is capable of doing with these unreleased vocals. It has been almost 11 years since the world of R&B tragically lost it's most promising young talent and regardless of morals or ethics on who should have anything to do with Aaliyah’s music I for one am just simply happy to hear it.
What are your thoughts on the track?...