Back in 2012, Drake dropped ‘Enough Said’ – the first taster of tracks he’d been working on with vocals recorded by Aaliyah before the late, great, R&B icon died in a plane crash in 2001. ‘Enough Said’ was part of a larger project to rework and release unreleased Aaliyah tracks, but was scrapped after her family refused to give their blessing.
Now, another song from the project has been unveiled online – with ‘Talk Is Cheap’ boasting all the hallmarks of Aaliyah’s silky delivery, matched with Drake’s textbook sombre vocals of some slick, haunting and sultry beats.
Speaking to The Guardian about the project, Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton said: “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family.
“What’s more, Aaliyah’s regular producer Timbaland had expressed his disappointment at not being included in the album, saying: “I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if [Drake] do it, it should be with me and him, and Missy [Elliott].”
Aaliyah Dana Houghton was born in New York in 1979 and raised in Detroit. She released her debut album, the R Kelly-produced ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’, in 1994.
It was followed in 1996 by ‘One In A Million’ and her self-titled third album, which was released a month before her death in 2001 and has since sold over 13 million copies.
Meanwhile, Drake is set to hit the UK and Ireland next year for an extensive UK tour. Full dates are below.
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (January 25, 26)
London, The O2 (January 28, 30, February 1, 2, 4, 5, 14, 15)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (February 8, 9)
Manchester, Arena (February 11, 12)
Sheffield, Arena (February 17)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (February 22, 23)