Finally, the fruits of Drake's widely known Aaliyah fandom are available for your listening pleasure. Drake has indeed collaborated with the late and great(est) R&B artist Aaliyah on "Enough Said," released on his blog Sunday night. The track mixes previously unheard Aaliyah vocals with the familiar production quality of his longtime collaborator Noah "40" Shebib, and the typical fame-rejecting, paranoid Drake lyrics we think of whenever someone approaches us in argyle (“Every million I gain an enemy or a cousin / And people’s feelings have changed ever since I became something”).
Described as an Aaliyah track featuring Drizzy, the chorus plays off like a continuation of "Take Care," with Aaliyah encouraging her partner to open up and unleash his feelings, problems, and concerns (“You say you got a lot on your mind, sit down let’s talk about it / I hate to see you feel this way / So tell me what can I do to make it better for you”) all of which she posses the ability to wash away, suggesting Drake’s potential for success depends upon the strong women he surrounds himself with, who know how to prevent his repeated attempts at self-sabotage.
"Enough Said" is probably not convincing enough to change the minds of those siding with Timbaland and Missy Elliott in regards to reports that Drake is rumored to be producing the forthcoming Aaliyah album. But, for someone who believes to be the first great artist capable of singing and rapping, as well as a guy who’s growing smarter by the day, his decision to take the backseat and leave the spotlight shining on one of his biggest influences is appreciated. Maybe not as much as it would had he left it alone entirely, but...
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