UPDATE: For all the Drake-haters (or just Aaliyah purists) the posthumous Aaliyah song has now hit the webs in a Drizzy-free edit. Compare, contrast and discuss below.
As promised Drake unleashed his new posthumous collaboration with dearly departed babygirl-to-the-world Aaliyah over the weekend. To coincide show true crew love for Toronto’s OVO fest, the audio was posted on the OVO blog yesterday, via the soundcloud of Aaliyah’s cousin Jomo Hankerson (the current face of Blackground records, having largely taken the reins from Aaliyah’s uncle and mentor Barry Hankerson). I’ll let you listen for y’allselves (below) but suffice to say that hearing babygirl’s voice again–bathed in otherworldy echo–is every bit as haunting and emotional as you’d expect. The production for my (not so young) money is right on point. Drake’s rap, by contrast, although it brings the track right into the pulse of 2012, is a bit jarring. His bars about the price of his watch and ‘iffy b**ches’ are actually pretty in keeping with the “Enough Said” title/theme but just seem out of place considering the resonance Aaliyah’s voice has for so many and the impact of hearing it again for the first time.
I would like to note that I say this even though I’m on record as a Drake supporter (yes I am calling open season on myself in the comments/OKP boards. Bring it, Big Ghostfase). It appears some others might feel a certain type of way about the release as well, because the news had barely broke when Aaliyah’s longtime collaborator Timbaland expressed some dismay over the situation in an interview with Power 105’s The Breakfast Club. Read a partial quote below and listen to audio of the interview after the jump.
“If he does it, it should be with me and him and Missy…to put it on his record would not be right.”
props to OVO