5 Reasons Why Drake Is The Perfect Person for Aaliyah's Album

If you go on Twitter right now, it seems like everyone is mad at Drake. Why? Well, last weekend, Drizzy released a new song called "Enough Said" by Aaliyah that also featured a verse from him. And, with that, rumors started swirling about how the Canadian rapper is going to be the executive producer on an as-yet-untitled posthumous Aaliyah project that will feature more of her unreleased vocals. It left many people unhappy.

Timbaland immediately came out and said that both he and Missy Elliott need to be included on the album in order to do it justice. Many of Aaliyah's fans spoke out against Drake's involvement. And, Twitter was ablaze with tons of shots being taken at @Drake.

But, you know what? We don't think it's a bad idea for Drake to have his hands all over the project. In fact, we think Drake needs to be a part of it in order for it to be as great as we know it can be. And, to help explain ourselves, we put together a list of the 5 Reasons Why Drake Is The Perfect Person To Executive Produce Aaliyah's Posthumous Album. Disagree if you want (and we know a lot of you will!). But, this is why Drake needs to be involved.

Reason #1: Without Drake, there's a really good chance that Aaliyah's posthumous album isn't even a topic of discussion right now.
With all due respect to Aaliyah's family, Timbaland, everyone else who was in her camp, and Aaliyah herself, she passed away ten years ago and we haven't heard anything indicating that a posthumous album is definitely coming out in all that time. Have there been rumors about one? Of course. But, the album has never really moved beyond the rumors stage. Now, thanks to a single song by Drake, the posthumous album suddenly has life and people are anxious for it. If all of these other people wanted to be involved in the project before, why didn't they act on it and, more importantly, start making moves towards actually producing it? That's exactly what Drake is trying to do right now, and we can't blame him for doing it. If it means the Aaliyah album comes out sooner—or, better yet, comes out at all—don't you want Drake involved?

Reason #2: Regardless of whether or not you like it, Drake obviously cares a lot about Aaliyah and her legacy and won't purposely do anything to tarnish it.
You can make fun of Drake's Aaliyah tattoos and his sappy lyrics about her all you want. But, the truth is that he obviously feels some sort of special connection to her. He's not simply trying to make a quick buck off her unreleased music. So, at the very least, we know that he's going to do everything in his power to honor her legacy by making her posthumous album the best it can be. Say what you want about Drake, but the guy tries to deliver every single time he puts out a project. We don't expect this Aaliyah album to be any different.

Reason #3: Having Drake executive produce the project will help keep it cohesive.
Now that Drake wants to executive produce Aaliyah's project, everyone wants a piece of it. As we mentioned in the intro, Timbaland wants to be involved. Missy Elliott probably wants to have some say in it. Aaliyah's brother has come out and said that the album is NOT coming out at all, while her former label Blackground says it is. This could very easily lead the album to suffer from "too many cooks in the kitchen" syndrome. It happens so often with posthumous albums when so many different people try to get involved. By letting Drake delegate different responsibilities for the project and oversee everything, we're confident that he'll make it sound like a cohesive album as opposed to a bunch of songs that have been thrown together. And, that's really what we all want to hear, isn't it?

Reason #4: Drake will be sure to involve the right people in the project to keep it authentic.
Just because Drake is involved doesn't mean that Timbaland, Missy, and others won't be involved or have a say in how the album turns out. We're sure Drizzy understands the importance of including them in the mix and getting their approval for certain things. So, don't be so quick to discount Drake just because his name isn't Timbaland. He's going to make sure Timbo (and others!) are involved. "Enough Said" didn't include them. But, that doesn't mean that the entire album won't.

Reason #5: Drake's involvement will only help to make Aaliyah's name even bigger than it already is.
Aaliyah died ten years ago. So, it's not crazy to think that someone who was 6, 7, or 8 years old back then has absolutely no idea who Aaliyah is today. They know Drake, though. So, when Drake attaches his name to Aaliyah's project, they'll automatically be interested in her. Maybe that will lead them to hop on Spotify to discover Aaliyah's old stuff for the first time. Or, maybe it'll force them to do some research to find out why Aaliyah served as such a big influence on Drake. Regardless, Drake will be helping to bring more attention to Aaliyah than just about any other hip-hop or R&B artist could right now. And, isn't that really part of the point of this posthumous project? To keep Aaliyah's memory alive? Then, it seems to us that Drake is just the man for the job. So, why don't we let him do it?

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