News: Drake Puts Aaliyah On His Back, Tattoos Late R&B Singer

Monday, Dec 26, 2011 9:38AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money rap star Drake's love for late singer Aaliyah is apparanetly skin-deep after someone recently spotted him sporting a tattoo of her.

Although Drizzy has yet to publicly announce the tat, he was recently seen showing it off at a tennis court.

Drake is taking his love with Aailyah to a whole new level, even though you can't really see him, he is to the far right with the white headband. He is seen here with some friends, playing tennis with his shirt off, when someone snapped a shot of his back with Aaliyah's face on there with wings above her head. (Karen Civil)

Last year, Drizzy penned an open letter in the singer's honor.

"I've never lost a parent, a friend, or a lover but I will never forget this day for the rest of my life. I remember getting the news that you had passed and it connected with my heart like a clean shot from Muhammad Ali. I was crushed. Not only was I one of your biggest fans but I was truly in love with you. I loved the way you carried yourself, the way you dressed, the confidence with which you addressed passion and relationships in your music. I said to myself that even if we never met, I wanted a woman in my life just like you. I am pained that we will never get to connect now that music ended up being my career path. But you should know, we all listen to you everyday and we remain inspired and moved by all that you've given the world. I hope I make the right life choices so I can end up in heaven where I know you rest your head. I'll continue to make music in your honor until the day we finally meet. Dinner's on me!" (Rap Radar)

He also showed his admiration for Aaliyah on 2010's Thank Me Later.

"Unforgettable," produced by Noah "40" Shebib, also features Young Jeezy. The number begins with Aaliyah softly cooing, "Let me know," over and over, part of her refrain from "(At Your Best) You Are Love," which was on her 1994 debut, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. "This is really one of my dumbest flows ever, I haven't slept in days/ And me and my latest girl agreed to go our separate ways," Drake raps on the track. "So I'm single, thinking about what we had in 'Missin' You'/ But I ain't saying I don't got nothing for these bad bi---es, too." (MTV)

Aaliyah passed away from a plane crash in August 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)

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