By Rob Markman
After a few months of rumors, this weekend fans finally got to hear Drake’s promised collaboration with Aaliyah on the new single “Enough Said,” and fans seem to be feeling it.
A number of fans took to Twitter to rally in support of the MC and the song. “When I heard Aaliyah sing on that new song I felt for a moment that she was alive again, she’s not, but her legacy is. Thank you @Drake,” wrote @_YurHIGHness.
“Aaliyah was a great singer and died young in a horrible accident. Drake is honoring her. I respect that so much,” @DOMtheB0MB tweeted.
The track is polarizing, however: Many expressed their distaste for “Enough Said,” noting that though he is a fan, Drizzy didn’t know the singer while she was still alive and therefore shouldn’t have touched her unreleased material.
“Drake is producing Aaliyah’s unfinished album? Why? Anything having to do with Aaliyah’s music should be handled by timberland and Missy,” @theM3LLOWlife wrote. And, @tiphonic shared, “Drake’s obsession w/ Aaliyah scares me a little.”
Marked by 40’s patented low-end, chest-thumping percussion, Aaliyah’s warm and angelic vocals fill the sparse drum track. “I can tell it’s somethin’ up with you/ Tell me do you wanna talk about, talk about,” she sings.
Drake, who has made several references to Baby Girl and just inked his second Aaliyah tattoo, drops a verse on “Enough Said.” With his bars, the Take Care spitter covers familiar ground, remarking on his drastic life changes since becoming one of music’s biggest draws.
The song is believed to be part of an upcoming Aaliyah LP. During a March interview with U.K. radio personality Tim Westwood, Drake began to drop clues. “I have some great Aaliyah news coming soon,” Drake said cryptically, adding, “Just some special things. Great things for music, period.”
In an April radio interview, the late singer’s friend and longtime producer Timbaland said he felt he and Missy Elliott should both be involved in the posthumous project, since they both knew Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001.