Aaliyah passed away 11 years ago, but her voice is still being ‘used’ to this day. The R&B singer died in 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas, yet she is about to appear on two high profile releases.
Chris Brown has announced that his next single, “They Don’t Know,” will feature vocals from the late singer. The track will be on Brown’s album X, which will be released on July 16. The album also includes collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Timbaland, and Pharrell.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Brown claims this album was one of self discovery.
“Making X, I found out who I am,” he said. “This album has a lot of substance, from the subject matter and the situations to how it deals with love. It’s really derived from personal experiences. Then again, I always like mixing reality with art.”
Canadian rapper, and (one of) Brown’s nemesis, Drake is co-producing a new album of previously unreleased Aaliyah material, alongside Aaliyah’s mentors Timbaland and Missy Elliot. Drake also has a tattoo of the late singer below his shoulder blade.
Aaliyah’s family, however, took to her official Facebook page shortly after the posthumous album was announced late last year to say they did not support the release.
“There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family,” posted her brother Rashad Haughton.
Whether this is a blatant attempt to cash in on a dead star, or an effort to spotlight a talent taken too soon, with a lack of support from the late singer’s family, any release would seem a bit tarnished to me.