By Ade Mangum
It should be safe to say that Drake is Aaliyah’s biggest fan. From sampling her song “At Your Best (You are Love)” on “Unforgettable” from his debut album Thank Me Later, to a few mentions of her on his follow-up, Take Care, and even getting a tattoo of the songstress’ face on his back, his admiration can’t be contested. Now the Toronto rapper is getting ready to unveil a new feature from the deceased songstress.
After shout outs and permanent portraits what more could Drizzy do to show his idolization? Well, he found a way. He is rumored to be executive producing Aaliyah’s posthumous album. In March, producer, Jeffery “J. Dub” Walker, of the Hitmen tweeted, “Just got great news today; the smash unreleased song called “Steady Ground” I produced on #Aaliyah is gonna be on her upcoming album:)” The tweet was quickly deleted and Aaliyah’s label, Background Records never confirmed that there was an upcoming album.
Later in March, Drake appeared on the Tim Westwood radio show and alluded to “special things” related to Aaliyah. “I have some great Aaliyah news coming soon,” he said. “Just some special things. Great things for music, period.”
Not only is he said to be executive producing the project, but he will reportedly debut a new single featuring vocals from Aaliyah at his OVO Festival, taking place this Sunday at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Canada. Last year, he surprised fans with an appearance from the legendary Stevie Wonder and if he is indeed going to debut his Aaliyah collaboration, that would certainly be the perfect platform to do it.
What will this new track possibly sound like? Both Drake and Aaliyah fans have high expectations for a duet between the two and if Drake is able to put an ounce of his passion for “Baby Girl” into this project, it’s sure to be phenomenal.
Aaliyah released her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number in 1994, followed by 1996’s breakthrough One in a Million and 2001’s Aaliyah. After her death, the two posthumous albums, 2002’s I Care 4 U and 2005’s Ultimate Aaliyah were released featuring best-of material and unreleased songs.