Is Drake Man Enough For Aaliyah?August 7th, 2012
By: Dan Reagans
Not all wishes should be granted nor should all dreams come true according to the melody being sung by Aaliyah’s fans and music peers. After news broke of Drake’s plans to executive produce a forthcoming posthumous album for the R&B songbird questions were raised as to whether or not Drake was the right person for the job.
It’s no secret that the Canadian rhyme-spitter is one of the biggest Aaliyah fan around. Although Drizzy never met the singer before her untimely passing, he regularly recites her lyrics in his rhymes. From his debut in 2010, Thank Me Later he featured a sample of Aaliyah on the song “Unforgettable” with Jeezy and he throw in a few memorable lines of her on Young Money’s ”Bedrock”. Even Drizzy’s new song “Enough Said” features pre-recorded vocals from the “Rock The Boat” singer . Still, Drake hasn’t seemed to convince naysayers that he should be but he spearheading the new Aaliyah project.
Long-time Aaliyah-collaborator and producer Timbaland held back his blessing as well, saying that he and Missy should be included in creating the music.
“I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if [Drake] do it, it should be with me and him, and Missy,” he said during a interview with Power 105.1 FM . “I don’t know what’s going on. The proper way to do that would be for me, him, and Missy to be all on the record. For it to be on his record, that would not be right.” Timbaland added.
Many might agree with the veteran producer who’s had numerous hits with the late singer including her classic smash “One In A Million” and others. In addition to failing to use the proper etiquette in the making of the posthumous album, Drake has also been written off as merely a “Stan” after the rapper inked a tattoo of Aaliyah’s face on his back last December.
Only time will tell if the O.V.O. representative is the right man for the job. It does look like the kid who could do no wrong musically finally touched a nerve. The jury is still out on Aubrey Graham. And the rest of us are left to wonder, “Drake, are You That Somebody”?