Drake Hints at Posthumous Aaliyah Collaboration

Drake and Aaliyah

Drake has never been shy about his love for Aaliyah. The “Take Care” rapper has tattooed the late singer’s face on his back and sampled her song on his debut Thank Me Later. While he never got a chance to work with her while she was alive, he revealed that a posthumous collaboration may be in the works.

“I have some great Aaliyah news coming soon. Some special things,” the 25-year-old told Tim Westwood.

When asked if it had to do with a rumored posthumous project of her unreleased recordings, he remained coy. “Just some special things, you know. Great things for music, period.”

Drizzy shared his admiration for the “Try Again” songstress, who passed away at the age of 22. “I think more than anything Aaliyah always made music that was never uncomfortable for me to listen to,” he explained.

“You know it’s hard for me to ride around to a female singer because at the end of the day, you’re a man, but she always kept it so G with the writing and the melodies. It was something to ride to, especially when it was chopped and crewed. That’s when I used to love Aaliyah the most.”

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  1. @iamcameronm

    Hopefully some features on him on the Aaliyah album. *MUSICALMADNESS*

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  2. meds

    an aaliyah album is what we need

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    Stupid hoe Reply:

    @meds, IKR! Also Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliot and Aaliyah were best friends. I doubt Aaliyah would work with Drake if she was alive for him comming at Lil’ Kim on that stage.

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    JHP Reply:

    @Stupid hoe, Who says Aaliyah & Lil Kim would even be bestfriends now, it’s been like 10 years, and lord knows Lil Kim done pissed a lot of people off at this point. And besides

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    Layla Reply:

    @JHP, Lil Kim and Aaliyah called them-selves sisters.I can tell your 14 yrs old.

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    Dre Reply:

    @Layla, Kim & Mary J her sister too but it was a period they just didn’t talk. Mary J talked about it on Wendy Williams radio show. Their cool again now but it’s not the same.

    At the end of the day a lot of drama aside Kim isn’t the same person at all. So maybe not. How often does she still party or chill with Missy, Mary or any of her old “friends”? The industry has changed and their not all sitting at the top anymore so it wouldn’t be the same. Especially anybody from that Bad Boy era.

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    EAT_CUNT Reply:

    @Dre, LIES Kim does not fuck with Mary, no shade but Mary is not a loyal person she is not real. Aaliyah & Kim were very close Kim knows Aaliyah family very well and Aaliyah LOVED Kim and they always were around each other back in the day because they were on the same label, Kim is a real woman and loyal anyone who know’s bout Kim knows this. Mary is not can’t blame her though she was too fucked up on drugs to be a real friend when Kim needed her the most.

    TheWeekend Reply:

    @JHP, I really doubt that. Kim and Aaliyah were very close and both of them were very loyal to each other. I love Drake but if Aaliyah was alive I don’t think she would have done a song w/ him.

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    ExtraSmooth Reply:

    @TheWeekend, Actualy aaliyah on kim were both really tight. Liyah came out in 94 kim came out in 95 they were in eachothers videos they toured together they were really good freinds they have both stated that in interviews back then she recently talked about it on mtv rapfix to. and yea Aaliyah deff would not have worked with drake.He just goin to ruin the song. Nas DMX or Jay Z would be better

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    StarsAreBlind Reply:

    @Stupid hoe, Aaliyah is not a follower boo!

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    lola Reply:

    @Stupid hoe, mary.j.blije is lil kim friend too but she featured with drake!

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    Harmony2 Reply:

    @Stupid hoe, What the actual f**k are U talking about?

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  3. JueLz

    why the hell would he tattoo her face on his body? he didn’t even know her…..

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    CarlosBonegro Reply:

    @JueLz, why would you care

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    Stupid hoe Reply:

    @CarlosBonegro, Because we care about Aaliyah. Drake is a dumb pussy .

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    JueLz Reply:

    @CarlosBonegro, its called stating an opinion

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    StarsAreBlind Reply:

    @JueLz, you asked a question. You didn’t state an opinion…..dumb….ass. He didn’t have to know her to have respect for her and her music. The tattoo was to show his love and admiration for the fallen singer. Does that answer your “statement”?

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  4. Stupid hoe

    He is a sad pussy. He never met her and is talking about her like he was the brother or something. Why fuck he got a tattoo of her on his back too?

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  5. Speechless

    he’s not worthy

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  6. Mentamir

    Let’s see where he will go with this. I am open to a posthumous collaboration, as long as it does not turn into a cheap tribute. Drake needs to be smart about this one.

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  7. Mike

    SMH…… This is not cool.

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    Randy Reply:

    @Mike, Using Aaliyahs to gain fans.

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    FentyGotThaCake Reply:

    @Randy, He gets on my nerves w/ that shit. He uses everybody for publicity. Nicki, Rih, and now Aaliyah and its even worse cause she is deceased.

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    True Reply:

    @FentyGotThaCake, He doesn’t need Nicki, Rihanna or Aaliyah for anything. You’re delusional.

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    FentyGotThaCake Reply:

    @True, lmao no you are delusional he is always mentioning Rihanna’s name like a damn broken record. He even wants to do a album w/ Rih..so you are telling me that he is not trying to use Rih for publicity?? He chases behind Nicki like a lost puppy and Aaliyah well the nigga is obsessed w/ her.

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    Randy Reply:

    @True, He DOES need them. Drake is a publicity STUNT QUEEN. As much as I loveeeeee Aaliyah I don’t agree with her having an album dropping when she isn’t here, especially when people she wasn’t cool with are using her name. It’s just not right. I would rather have a track with her alone or Missy and leave it at that.

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    True Reply:

    @Randy, Drake is an established artist. He does not need Rihanna or anybody, but his fans and his talent. That’s it.

  8. KaramelKisses

    I’m concerned about Drake … what is his obsession w/ Aaliyah. I can understand respect & admiration but he is starting to go way overboard.

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    farrah Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, yeah me too.I mean love Aaliyah too. But his obsession with her is crazy

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    True Reply:

    @KaramelKisses, How is that an obsession? The same way you love your favorite artist, is the same way he loves Aaliyah. Stop trying to make it seem bigger than what it actually is.

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  9. Dayna

    I mean, why do yall care if he gotta obsession with Aaliyah??? We all love Aaliyah, who doesn’t love her? But If Drake got an obsession, then so be it!. Leave it and him alone about it. But all I know is this Posthumous collaboration better not be a disappointment.

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    Randy Reply:

    @Dayna, It’s NOT normal to be obsessed with a person who you don’t know. It’s NOT normal to tattoo someones face on your body who is dead and you never met. There’s was once upon a time where “stanning” meant your a crazy obsessed fool and something not to be proud about. He has issues.

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    True Reply:

    @Randy, You’re pathetic.

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    Randy Reply:

    @True, Hard truth.

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    lola Reply:

    @Randy, no, it isn’t!

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    Randy Reply:

    @lola, Poor tink :’/

  10. Hip-Hop Fiend

    This shit is carried away. I mean its cool that has a favorite artist and even says it interview. I can even understand him sample her music. But what I don’t understand is the tat of her and him wanting to make a fake song pretending like shes here. Drake even wrote a open letter her last year. Like her going out his way to show how obsessed he is with Aaliyah. She might not have even liked Drake.

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    hmmmm Reply:

    @Hip-Hop Fiend, Are you forgetting that Ashanti and T.I were featured on a track with 2Pac 11 years after his death. Nelly and Jagged Edge were featured on a track with Biggie back in 05. So why is it different with Drake. There’s nothing wrong with what he’s doing it’s keeping her legacy alive.

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    Mikey Reply:

    @hmmmm, well said. if it was a Biggie or 2Pac collaboration or whatever, everybody would be getting orgasmic over it. gotta respect Drake for respecting and keeping the legacy alive of someone who inspired him. Although I do believe the tattoo was a bit too much.

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  11. Curtis

    Niggas fall back. We all love Aaliyah, I praise her any damn chance I get. Sure Drake is a little much with the tat but I’m just thankful artists who are really doing it big are showing her love.

    Drake is dope, fuck the haters.

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  12. ILoveIt

    Drake is lame as hell.

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    True Reply:

    @ILoveIt, Likewise.

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  13. freshed

    ah-leah > uh-leah (pronunciation)

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  14. hmmmm

    drake may have been approached by aaliyah’s record label you never know i’m excited to see where he can go with this

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  15. Triniti

    And niggas claim J. Cole is obsessed with her….

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  16. :O youMADstayMAD

    i am here for this! i love Drake and Aaliyah to f*cking death!!!

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  17. NiAmbi

    I don’t see anything wrong with the collab, it’s no different than 2pac and Biggie like somebody else just said. The tattoo is kinda overboard though. I would get a tattoo, but something that symbolizes her. I’m gonna get the /.\ from her last album.

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  18. taj mahal

    know this is random but has anybody heard R.I.P. (Im Ready for Ya Remix) by Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah n’ Drake

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  19. INCAS

    Aaliyah most beautiful woman

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  20. Eve

    Drake isn’t the only person on the earth with her tattoo so I don’t see what the big deal is here. He’s showing love to someone he admired and sadly never got the chance to meet so that’s his way of paying homage to her.

    Missing Aaliyah everyday x

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  22. MmmHmm

    I DOUBT IF AALIYAH WERE STILL ALIVE TODAY SHE WOULD EVEN WORK WITH HIM! THEY WOULDNT EVEN RIDE ON THE SAME TEAM OR EVEN HAVE THE SAME FRIENDS! BUT A FULL AALIYAH ALBUM IS WHAT WE REALLY NEED!

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  23. Hip-Hop Fiend

    I never had the chance to meet Biggie, 2 Pac, or Whitney Houston it dosen’t mean I’m gonna tat their face on my ass. Yea alot of artist did made up songs with 2 Pac but their obsessed with him at least they don’t show it. Drake is worst than crazy micheal Jackson fan.

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    [...] When a plane crash took the life of Aaliyah back in 2001, Drake was just a young actor getting his start on the Canadian teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation. As a result, the eventual rap star never got the chance to work with the ’90s R&B great — whose face he has tattooed on his back — but in a recent interview with Tim Westwood, Drizzy sparked rumors of a posthumous collaboration. [...]

  25. EAT_CUNT

    do you know how many people in this world have Aaliyah tattoo’s? THOUSANDS of people. Drake is only one person

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  26. Unk

    do it with tim and not 40, 40 is cool but it needs to be done with the king oh if you knew baby gurl she would work with anyone and vice versa she was that nice of a person

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    ExtraSmooth Reply:

    @Unk, WRONG. If you were a fan u would know that she didnt work with everybody. She only worked with people in her team. She wasnt that kind of artist. She had NO features on her music except for Tim Missy Static DMX Treach which were on her team. Beside they aint producing any music. It unreleased and do u really think 40 would have rights to touch a legends music? Think about it.

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  27. ExtraSmooth

    Me being an Aaliyah fan since 2000….Drake needs to really sit back and not do this if its true. This is not for him or any other new artist out now to do. Drake is really soft and i cant see this working out ok. Maybe a Drake and a Mandy Moore collab would be much better but he will get us fans pissed if this happens.Aaliyah’s BROTHER RASHAD & HER PARENTS NEED TO PUT A STOP TO THIS. Kinda upset on aaliyahs uncle barry hankerson for doing this

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  28. chichi

    jump off aaliyahs coffin Drake. seriously

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  29. Let her R.I.P

    I’m a huge fan of hers but this doesn’t need to happen. I really don’t want him tampering with her voice/recording anymore. Enough. Especially since her brother doesn’t even like his lame ass as an artist. And no she didn’t work with any and everybody and like others have said I’m sure she wouldn’t have liked the fact that he dissed Kim like that. He needs to let her rest in peace and stop annoying her fans.

    I don’t think getting a tat of her is weird or obsessive because thousands of her fans have them and thousands, if not more little girls around the world are named after her. She was an icon and an angel to many people, including Drake. He can love her all he wants, no problem but I don’t love the music collaboration idea. I feel that’s messed up when the person isn’t here to say “yes” or “no”. Sure he wouldn’t want people using his vocals after he’s dead and gone.

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  30. I can't even right now

    I bet Drake’s big news is that he is playing Aaliyah in her biopic film. #creepy

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  31. Chet

    Let Drake do him. He’s always been a genuine Aaliyah fan from the gate. Also, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to fuckin work on an Aaliyah track?! I mean really. He understands her artistry and you can hear it heavily in his music. Jump off homeboy’s sack and let him have his moment. Drake makes good music, so I trust his ear.

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  33. Elena

    Aaliyah we miss you.. No doubt she was one of the greats. She had the voice, tnealt, charisma, swagger, etc. all put together. You can see it in her videos and music during that era of hip hop & r&b. Collaborating and working with Missy and Timbaland was sure to have continued to produced numerous hits without a doubt if she hadn’t passed. Especially that Timbaland style produced killer beats. You can tell its produced by him. Plus she also had a couple of films in her books. She would of had blown up. She is definitely a music great and I bet even today in 2011 she would still making waves one way or another. Look at Usher, Beyonce or MJ, Madonna. You get what I mean.. peace.. Love u Aaliyah!!

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