Drake’s Posthumous Release Causes Stir
It’s been more than a decade since the music world bid R&B sweet heart Aaliyah goodbye. Now Canadian native Drake has released a posthumous Aaliyah track titled ‘Enough Said’ using unreleased material. This is the first new track from the affectionately referred to ‘Baby Girl’ since her posthumous 2002 release I Care 4 U.
Drake is known for his deep admiration for the late singer, publicly expressing he was in love with her via an open letter on the 10th anniversary of her death in August 2011 and having just completed his second tattoo ‘416’ which celebrates her and home town Toronto. The first was a hand-sized portrait of the songstress on the left side of his back.
Produced by Noah “40” Shebib, ‘Enough Said’ features Aaliyah’s signature warm airy angelic vocals and Drake’s methodical rapping over chest-thumping percussion. Its been met with mixed reviews, many taking to social media to express their views. Many have criticised Drake for his plans to work on an Aaliyah-related project without the involvement of Aaliyah’s long-time friends and musical partners Timbaland and Missy Elliot.
Although understandable, the outcry over Aaliyah’s vocals being posthumously used shouldn’t come as a shock. Artists such as Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Led Zepplin and Janis Joplin have all had posthumous releases and who could forget the creepy posthumous performance by 2Pac at this year’s Coachella? Vulture certainly can’t and we raise our glasses to the many great artists who have passed. Whether alive or dead, their music lives on in the memories of our friendships, heartbreaks and lets face it, who we lost our virginity to.