Aaliyah featuring Drake + Anita Baker | Tracks
Drizzy drizzles rhymes over a posthumous production. A queen of Urban Adult Contemporary is back.
Published: August 15, 2012
Aaliyah featuring Drake
A familiar voice trills, triggering a shudder. It’s shoulda-been R&B icon Aaliyah, who only wants to help on this posthumous cut. “You say you got a lot on your mind / Sit down let’s talk about it.” We’ll never know who the late singer intended the “you” to be, but here it’s woulda-been Aaliyah stalker Drake (he’s got two tattoos of her, after all), butting in every bar or two with a “Yo, wassup.” Midway through, over a disemboweled beat, he reminds us of his rise for the bazillionth time. As usual, he sounds delirious, his late-night stream-of-consciousness flow falling somewhere between rapping and venting. “Bothers me when you gotta play therapist / That shit’s embarrassing.” Never mind that his entire career is one big therapy session. Even after death, Aaliyah can’t escape being forced to listen to some dude’s escapades. “Can’t you talk to me? / Tell me what you need,” she coos, but it’s taken out of context. It’s hard to imagine the “Try Again” singer coddling someone so self-consumed. Drake’s billed as the featured guest, yet he dominates the track. “And I don’t know if speaking on it helps,” he wonders, “It’s the shit that’s on my mind / I just keep it to myself, you know?” If only.