News: Drake Pays Homage To Late R&B Singer Aaliyah, "I Hope You Hear The Words In My Music"

Saturday, Dec 26, 2009 10:00AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Rapper/Singer Drake has paid homage to the memory of late singer Aaliyah and publicly expressed his thoughts on her death nearly a decade ago.

Writing via his popular Twitter page, the Canada-based emcee spoke on Aaliyah.

"I miss Aaliyah...," he wrote this week. "I hope you hear the words in my music and smile knowing you inspired them all." (Drake's Twitter)

Past reports suggested an Aaliyah biopicture film was in the works.

Canadian R&B star Keisha Chante has reportedly been casted to portray Aaliyah in an upcoming biopic about the late R&B superstar. During her career, Aaliyah sold 32 million albums worldwide and was nominated for five Grammys. The biopic is scheduled to open in theaters in 2009. (Music 2 Nite)

The singer passed away from a plane crash in 2001.

A star in the R&B world before she was even out of her teens, Aaliyah's promising career was tragically cut short by her death in a plane crash at age 22. Even with only three albums under her belt, she'd already earned a place as a talented trendsetter among the R&B elite. Following a successful transition to a more mature image, Aaliyah played a major role in popularizing the stuttering, futuristic production style that consumed hip-hop and urban soul in the late '90s. (All Music)

Aside from putting together his Thank Me Later debut, Drake is currently touring with Young Money.

Lil Wayne and Young Money's tour dates, according to their rep: » 12/17 - Hidalgo, TX @ Dodge Arena » 12/18 - Laredo, TX @ Laredo Entertainment Center » 12/20 - Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center » 12/26 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena » 12/28 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena » 12/31 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Arena » 1/1 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Arena » 1/2 - Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Convention Center » 1/5 - Beaumont, TX @ Ford Park Arena » 1/6 - Austin, TX @ Travis County Expo » 1/7 - Allen, TX @ Allen Events Center » 1/8 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajun Dome » 1/9 - Little Rock, AR @ Alltell Arena » 1/10 - Southaven, MS @ Desoto Civic Center (MTV)

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