Chris Brown Announces New Single Featuring Aaliyah

Chris Brown and Aaliyah

Chris Brown is calling on an angel for his new single, “They Don’t Know.” The R&B superstar has announced that Aaliyah will be featured on the follow-up to “Fine China.”

The song contains never-before-heard vocals from the late singer. “I got something special for my fans. It’s called ‘They Don’t Know,’” Chris told reporters at the BET Awards 2013 press conference on Tuesday. “All new stuff that’s never been heard before.”

He shot a video for the song in L.A. over the weekend. “I shot it in the ‘hood. I went to 60th Street and Cedar Block,” he said, while explaining the concept.

“[I'm] bringing both worlds together and trying to uplift the poverty side of the community and show them where I’m from. I’m from Virginia, but everybody comes from a broken home or being broke—I remember when I was.”

“They Don’t Know” will appear on Chris’ sixth album X, due July 16. In addition to Aaliyah, the guest list includes Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar, plus production from Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Danja, Pharrell, and Drumma Boy.

Listen to a snippet of the song from the video set below.



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109 Comments

  1. TIFFANY

    WHAT!!!

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    Chris Reply:

    @TIFFANY, Any chance of this being done to spite Drake? #noshade Just a question.

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    Wole Reply:

    @Chris, that’s what i see

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    ColeSummmmmmer Reply:

    @Chris, Hmmmm U tell me… either way it sounds real good.

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    brittany Reply:

    @Chris, I thought the exact same thing.

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  2. ShadeNOShade

    Oh But When Drake Wanted To Do This Everyone Made A HUGE Scene. K.

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    What Reply:

    @ShadeNOShade, I think he got Timbaland’s blessing unlike Drake who ask for noones permission, I might be wrong we will just have to see its early news

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    Wole Reply:

    @What, LMAO. how about her family dont be stupid

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    .... Reply:

    @Wole,ive been reading the comments on this thread and i must say, take drakes sack out of your mouth holy shit lol.. if you dont like chris fine but as crazy as it sounds i dont think he gives a shit

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    Uknow Reply:

    @ShadeNOShade, AGREED AINT THAT RIGHT THO

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    JeseússIndigo Reply:

    @ShadeNOShade, Drake wanted to produce an ENTIRE Aaliyah album & not even include the people who helped cultivate her her unique sound. Chris is simply boasting an Aaliyah feature…COMPLETELY different, and more acceptable.

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    Wole Reply:

    @JeseússIndigo, It’s not, let the woman rest. two of his songs now are tributes already

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    lance Reply:

    @Wole, so when people put biggie and tupac in their songs, it’s cool? cause I haven’t seen people complain about that.

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    ColeSummmmmmer Reply:

    @JeseússIndigo, I agree.

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    brittany Reply:

    @JeseússIndigo, and did not get approval from her family, more importantly.

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    ColeSummmmmmer Reply:

    @ShadeNOShade,
    people were more upset that it was an Aaliyah album with NO Tim & Missy, had they been involved it would have been something different. PLUS her family was against the project anyway.

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    Keeping it Real Reply:

    @ShadeNOShade, Drake didn’t seek permission from her parents he just did it that’s why it was been block! Chris asked for their permission and was granted never heard vocals Respect goes a long way!

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  3. lc

    i want to hear first, an then make an opinion. it’s interesting for me.

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    Wole Reply:

    @lc, nope cuz when drake did his even though, drake has been saying from time to time he was coming up with an aaliyah stuff. It was trouble

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    JeseússIndigo Reply:

    @Wole, Drake wanted to produce an ENTIRE Aaliyah album & not even include the people who helped cultivate her her unique sound or ask their permission . Chris is simply boasting an Aaliyah feature…COMPLETELY different, and more acceptable.

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    Wole Reply:

    @JeseússIndigo, It’s not, let the woman rest. two of his songs now are tributes already. and when drake did the tribute. people dissed him

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    lance Reply:

    @Wole, they dissed him because of the fact that he was planning an entire album, plus it’s not even a freaking tribute, the song is Aaliyah ft Drake, Chris is going to have her as a feature while drake remixes a whole unheard track and feature himself in it

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  4. Wole

    are all his singles gonna be tributes???? Fine China. Mystery Song (Aaliyah) Hmmmmm

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  5. Wole

    are all his singles gonna be tributes???? Fine China (MJ). Mystery Song (Aaliyah) Hmmmmm

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  6. Cranberry

    Try hard trash.

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  7. joseph

    yes Fine china was a flop !! now he wants dissing drake !!! All need a drake /rihanna collaboration

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    lol Reply:

    @joseph, Flop? Fine china is way better than a lot of songs in the radio nowadays, and is top 20 in overall radio. So stfu.

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    Wole Reply:

    @lol, nope look up billboards. it is isnt. u want me to list them now????

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    .. Reply:

    @Wole, If you weren’t so far up Chris Brown’s ass, you would know it’s slaying on the US radio. You seem to not like him but you know oh so much. Check your receipts, next time. BEEN A FAN.

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    Wole Reply:

    @.., Cuz u know him personally, he wrote overall so dont try support shit for him/her. he never said US

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    Nah Reply:

    @lol, it hasn’t even reached the top 20…30…40 of the Hot 100 it’s a FLOP

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    .. Reply:

    @Nah, No, it’s not. It’s been a top gainer, on the radio. And again, that person is talking about the US radio. Get your weight up. Lmao.

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    joseph Reply:

    @.., fine china is a flop being 42 in billboard with all interviews last month + 1 clip it’s why he released today a other song.. Moreover on classement billboard Fortune sold 400.000 : a big big big flop again .. to conclude drake is more popping right now

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    CBE Reply:

    @joseph, Its 42 on Billboard 100 but did you check Hot 100 airplay? Radio Airplay…its between 23-25, Rnb its Top 5 and RnB hip hop its Top 10 hit…so harly a flop unless you think everything should chart on the hot 100 to successful.
    Fortune is at 450 000 copies without promo…Turn Up the Music(Platinum) Dont wake me Up(Platinum)

    jo Reply:

    @CBE , you tell me without promo but he has done clip : no judge me, turn up the music , dont wake me up etc…
    But Sorry but it was a BIG flop !!
    Notice Fame and graffiti hadn’t alot of promo but it was successful but with fortune it’s not the same !!!
    You speak about radio and not about numbers please Stop !! Chris brown is a flop right now maybe with next album the game will be change but with justin tim, miguel, franck ocean and usher new album , it will be difficult for him !
    the problem about chris brown is his image and the lack of maturity in his songs

    jo Reply:

    @CBE look at numbers about started from the bottom against fine china So ???
    even rihanna with “stays” sing she winning and i don’t like this song !! So chris brown is a little flopp

    Darla Reply:

    @joseph, I’m sorry tell me again how Fine China flopped? It’s in the top 10 Billboard R&B charts, was #1 on iTunes when it debuted and is moving up the Billboard Hot 100 quicker than Kiss Kiss, which by the way top charts around the world. Aaliyah’s Try Again took 3 months to get to #1 but when it did it stayed there forever. Fine China has been out all of 5 weeks? He hasn’t even performed the song live yet and it’s in the Top 30 on the Hot 100!

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  8. Apollo

    Ohhhhh I can’t wait to hear this!

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  9. Ice

    Sounds like fire.

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  10. wrrq

    him and drake just need to get a room. it’s not even about the music anymore he’s just trying to spite drake. he probably thinks about drake 24/7

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    CBE Reply:

    @wrrq, stfu! did you hear the track? damn people like you making assumptions…thinking everything is drama.

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    Wole Reply:

    @CBE, but why should he make an aaliyah tribute, he has never ever spoken of aaliyah

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    CBE Reply:

    @Wole, Really, well I understand u not an avid CB fan or you would know he played some of her songs on Tour.

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  12. LOLatHaters

    smh

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  13. lc

    Why y’all think that he did the song because drake? If you think that, you are so basic.

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    Wole Reply:

    @lc, he has NEVER EVER spoken about aaliyah was an influence but now. he is making a tribute

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    lc Reply:

    @Wole, he played her song(one in a million) in F.A.M.E tour…
    And is an R&B song. so if you like Aaliyah, don’t be mad about this

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    CBE Reply:

    @lc, Exactly like some people are so stupid, they dont even know what its about…just because drake wanted to make an album paying tribute to Aaliyah…in fact I think Drake was more disrespectful when he addressed his personal agendas on the tribute song.

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    Wole Reply:

    @CBE, @lc he is more disrespectful????? atleast aaliyahs uncle knew about this. who is Timbaland to tell chris to feature her??? and playing her song doesnt mean shit. drake made a song about her. THAT is a tribute. tattoed her face, talks about her everytime

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    CBE Reply:

    @Wole, What??? So having a tattoo, talking about her is enough for Drake to claim her :) ok… u are really basic.

    By the way Aaliyah and her family had a falling out with Blackground Records, which HAPPENS TO BE OWNED BY HER UNCLE. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ is what its all about.

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    lance Reply:

    @Wole, drake didn’t make no damn song about her, he took her sh*t, had 40 produce a brand new beat for it, and featured himself in it

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  14. WonderLand19

    This sounds really promising. His new music sounds sick!

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  15. Rhett

    O…….k. So, the song should be at least halfway tolerable because Aaliyah’s on it.

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  16. Derek

    I still hope Drake will bring out the Aaliyah album. I always wondered what she’d sound like if she was living today. Wish there was a video for “Enough Said”.

    As for this, I’ll wait for the official release.

    Aaliyah and Static track “Don’t Think They Know” didn’t sound like it was finished.

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  18. •◘Z○MG◘•

    AALIYAH’S VOICE IS SO ANGELIC♥ I MISS HER SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCHHHHH!!!!

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  19. •◘Z○MG◘•

    OOOO I WANNA HEAR THIS LOVE LOVE LOVE AALIYAH!!!

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  20. Merlin

    He can do feat with anyone, but that is really weird is he choosing Aaliyah, and talk to the opposite’re lying, Lol…

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  21. ..

    I refuse to take any individual seriously if they don’t like Chris Brown but comment negatively all down his post. Where’s the maturity? Smh. The song sounds dope. I’ll have to check it out when it’s released.

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  22. Dante

    AALIYAH WOULD NEVER…………

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    CBE Reply:

    @Dante, U dont know her so shut your face…

    We all dont know who she would have worked with.

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    B-Rad Reply:

    @Dante, Hell Naw!! She Wouldn’t

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  23. CBE

    I cant wait for this track…its strange that people start to have a problem with an artist paying tribute to an icon once they passed, Michael Jackson was ridiculed so much when he was alive and now when his dead Chris Brown etc do tributes and the same assholes have a problem with it? Aaliyah had so many fans who could now be in their late twenties, early thirties but you find teenagers talking shit like they followed Aaliyah and her music,CB can do whatever he wants as long as he has consent from the family.

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  24. krysta

    Can’t wait! I’m here for it

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  25. Jay

    YES!!!! I love Aaliyah!!! From what I can hear, the song sounds great! I can’t wait to hear the whole thing!!!! CB in the building!!! :)

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  26. ctall

    I will always give a chance to something that allows me to hear aaliyahs voice in music, but i hope that these artists are not just using her talent and undying legacy to boost their own careers because of their lack of direction in their personal life. Lets not allow a true artists influence in the music world become a pawn in the fame game #justmyopinion #nohate #noshade

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    Tuhh Reply:

    @ctall, but what you fear happening to her legacy is being done. He’s doing this to get at Drake and to garner interest because his last 3 albums tanked. On twitter, there are whispers of Rick Ross getting ahold to her music too. I feel so bad for her family.

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  27. EveLondon

    I MISS AALIYAH SO MUCH!!!! Im excited to hear this in full.

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  29. why why

    lawwwwwwwwwwd why?

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    B-Rad Reply:

    @why why, The Same thing I’m wondering… Why?!?!?!?

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  31. Truth

    This shit sounds HOT WHATTTT. I dont care what anyone says but this sounds really dope. This is coming from a 90′s head who knows all Aaliyahs material. Her voice was just so unique and incredible its refreshing. I think Chris is gonna pull off big things with this new album. That drake Enough Said was good but it came and it went. Atleast CB is making a video.

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  32. Jay-Me

    Aaliyah sounds great but the likes of Chris Brown & Drake need to stay off her. They’re unworthy. Gimmicky crappy music.

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    B-Rad Reply:

    @Jay-Me, Neither one deserves to touch her music Catalog… PERIOD!!!!

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  33. Fabio Farraj

    Its “Dont Think They Know” from Digital Black (feat. Aaliyah)

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    Tuhh Reply:

    @Fabio Farraj, which was a good song btw.

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  34. Oh

    Aaliyah still LIVES ON AFTER 12 YEARS…
    Rihanna JACKING her SWAG and both of the niggas she fuck want a collab

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  38. B-Rad

    He of all people don’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with Aaliyah, yet alone use her on a track of his… The man is has got to be the worst pathetic R&B singer in the past 20-25 years… And I can give a 2 Cents worth of S*** what anyone says… He has helped ruin the music industry in the past 6-7 years… Y’all Brainwashed talentless Groupie Cunts…

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    bar Reply:

    @B-Rad, AMEN! ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS HES ATTRACTIVE (TO THEM) AND HAS A BODY(IF THAT) THIS WORLD IS PATHETIC THESE DAYS.

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    B-Rad Reply:

    @bar, EXACTLY!!!! All I’m Saying

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    Tuhh Reply:

    @B-Rad, you are absolutely right!

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  39. bar

    i hope someone really shoots chris brown oh ugly dirty looking ass in the face and teach this flop a lesson df would put his non singing ass on a record wit fkn aaliyah? df is wrong wit these dumbass hoes these days aaliyah music was to never be touched was already bad enough drake did it and fked it up badly but now trish brown? oh lord where df is dmx? missy? jayz duck lips? smfh!

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    Tuhh Reply:

    @bar, oh my :(

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  40. toast2themosthigh

    whew! this has drake shade written all over it…who…in there right mind gave him clearance for this song…the ONLY ppl who should ever attempt to touch her music should be timbo and missy…they need to let her RIP and move the fuq right on…kids these days didnt grow up listening to her like that…they wont appriciate it the same…

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    Tuhh Reply:

    @toast2themosthigh, all of this! My goodness! I guess he’s tired of mimicking/paying tribute to MJ so he’s moving on to Aaliyah. This is ridiculous. As an Aaliyah fan I am pissed! The family doesn’t want new music with her out. People need to respect that instead of trying to pad their pockets. It’s hard for all of us because we realize that she won’t really be in a music video and won’t be able to promote/perform this ever. LEAVE AALIYAL AND ALL THE FALLEN LEGENDS ALONE!

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  43. True Story

    ill never miss a singer or celebrity more than i miss Aaliyah. Till this day it still hurts. I was 14 when she passed away. Music just hasnt been the same without her she was the definition of music and she was humble. When i see these other female artists i just think that they could never touch Aaliyah in the class department and still have that swag. It just cant be duplicated.

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  45. HiLow

    This song isn’t new, leaked, or unreleased unless there is a solo version with just Aaliyah floating around somewhere…but anyway the song is Don’t Think They Know Featuring Aaliyah its on Digital Black from Playa Album called Memoirs of a R&B Thug released June ’05 for those who really don’t know. Google it…

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    Tuhh Reply:

    @HiLow, this is true. He is so tacky for this. The family is still grieving. These artists today have no couth! Imagine how the family will feel hearing this bafoon desecrate her legacy while people are blaring this up and down the street. He doesn’t care. As long as he can pad his pockets, get at Drake, and get a hit. Talking about taking it to the hood. He wants to be 2pac so bad.

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    Mu Reply:

    @Tuhh, Yes i see that !! he wants be 2 pacs so bad but 2Pac was poppin not him !! since Fame album it flop by flop with chris brown !!
    And Yes the real version called Don’t think they know !!!
    A lot of artirst lack of creativity and fresh songs

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    bare haters Reply:

    @Mu, the verse is unheard! not the same verse in that song! ..Fame is almost platinum..how is that a flop? take several seats!!!

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    #YouWillDEAL Reply:

    @HiLow, This is true I have the Blacks mixtape in my iTunes…! Chris did try it with this one ! It doesn’t sound bad the way the samples sounds is clear he got it from “Don’t Think They Know” track from Blacks mixtape ! Ill be waiting to hear the finished product tho !
    #KNOWYOURMUSICHISTORY

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  46. Kanyye

    At the end of the day both of them will come up with great material, and that’s good for us cause all we want to ear is GOOD MUSIC. Keep up Chris and drizzy keep doing your thing

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  47. bobs

    That’s not cool.

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  49. tiffmaish

    Hahahaha#haters if u don think hes gud well go do it yourslf@chris you can do it.

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  50. KenEvolution

    People it is imperative that you know your music history. This track is an orginal from Black’s mixtape in ’05 called Don’t Think They Know Featuring Aaliyah. I do not approve of this track but I will not bash Chris for his decision but I find it awkward how these singers are using the past greats to hold onto their relevance. The 90′s cannot be duplicated and originality is lacking with these singers today.

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  51. Bitches In Paris

    Since when was it ever a crime to sample songs ? People sample old songs EVERYDAY . Get over it .

    The song sounds good , at least he got permission , unlike Drake who wanted to do a whole damn album . He is so extra smh .

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