Most musicians find an artist that they relate to and that they pay homage to; someone that they latch on to musically and find inspiration in. Recently Drake has signed on to do the next aaliyah project which prompts the question is this an obsession or just an artist wanting to pay homage.
This seems to be a case of obsession for a person who has never met Aaliyah Drake has put her career (posthumous) in his hands and it’s so far off to a bad start. The song that was released Sunday seems as if it was forced; Bad vocals, Average beat and what you expect from drake but the biggest problem in all of it is this song isn’t what we would have gotten from Aaliyah. It’s one thing to have your own mind about what an artist would want it’s another thing to change the format and sound to benefit you and your current movement. Aaliyah would have given us a dance track something with some pop to start off buzz for her album but instead we get a Marvin room sounding song. The record was more about Drake than it was about eulogizing Aaliyah. Why else would he release it on the same day as his festival, if not but to bring more attention to himself? Drake could have easily waited a few weeks until the anniversary of Aaliyah’s death (August 25th) and released it then. This may be the perfect case of if it isn’t broken don’t try and fix it.
There’s also the issue of the Aaliyah Tattoo Drake has . It’s so borderline crazy that it takes away from how beautiful the tribute would be if he actually knew her. Maybe I’m wrong in my theory that he’s obsessed. Maybe Drake is just a passionate fan looking to show his love for someone that he admired as a child. But it all seems crazy the back tattoo, The Aaliyah earpiece for performances and the wanting to be the ghost whisperer for her career all make Drake seem a bit “stanish”.
But all of my theories of Drake seem to change when I read the letter that he wrote for her.
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!
Love you always and forever,
With something so beautiful it seems to show that drake is more than just a fan and that maybe he views her as more than a muse he sees her as the one person who seemed to understand his love for music and that maybe he just wants to be close to her now because he never had a chance to. My hope is that with everything Drake has done that he has somehow reached out to her family to approve of everything and help them.
additional writing by: Rebecca Ijeoma