Young Money rapper Drake has paid homage to the memory of late singer Aaliyah by using her vocals on a leaked Thank Me Later track.
According to reports, Drake’s “Unforgettable” samples the singer, who passed away in 2001.
“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)
Last December, Drake wrote on his Twitter page and spoke on the singer’s legacy.
“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)
R&B singer The-Dream recently caught heat for re-making Aaliyah’s “One In A Million.”
The-Dream tries his hardest to mimic Aaliyah’s signature vocal styling and fails miserably. For a song that is fairly simple in its melody and delivery, it proves extremely difficult for The-Dream to reproduce, even when he tries to make it his own. His high notes are sharp and his low notes sound as if he is running out of breath. (Neon Limelight)
Aaliyah 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)
Drake’s Thank Me Later drops Tuesday, June 15th.
Listen to “Unforgettable” down below: