Sunday, August 05, 2012

"Every Million I Gain an Enemy or Cousin"

Whenever any well known music artist passes away, it's a requisite that you have to be careful when using their music. Sure, everyone and their brother has used a Pac, Biggie or MJ sample at some point, but nobody has posthumously released an album on their behalf that hasn't owned their music. When I say owned their music, I mean for example that Bad Boy put out a Biggie Duets album eight years after Biggie passed, but he was signed to Bad Boy when he passed away and had recorded a lot of material for an album to use prior to him passing away.

I mentioned all the above because @drake is preparing to release an album for Aaliyah. Not much is known whether all parties are cool with him executive producing such an album and that includes Aaliyah's brother Rashard Haughtington and Timbaland/Missy. Yes, Drake did already sample Aaliyah's At Your Best (You Are Love) on his track Unforgettable and even went as far as to get a tattoo of Aalyiah's face on his back, but it's all been rumors so far.

That is until today when he let loose with the first Aaliyah featuring Drake track titled Enough Said produced by @ovo40. Taking it one step further, Drake is going to debut the track below live at Ovofest at Molson Amphitheater in Toronto tonight. On first listen, it has the feel of a cut and pasted track with more ad libs and repeated verses than you'd normally get, but there's only so much you can do with recycled material. As artificial as it sounds, it was refreshing to hear an introspective, thought provoking verse and overall track from Drake.

Time will tell whether the whole album comes to fruition and whether certain feathers are ruffled as a result, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited. Still find myself chanting this after a few listens...#GrowingOnMe

Aaliyah feat Drake - Enough Said (prod by Noah "40" Shebib)


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