Drizzy has pulled previously unreleased vocals from the vaults and, with production help from his producer Noah “40” Shebib and with a guest verse by he himself, returning Aaliyah to the world for a new song. Just like he said he would. Posted to the October’s Very Own blog right before the OVO Festival in Toronto yesterday, and cited as an Aalyiah song featuring Drake, the title says it all: “Enough Said.”
Drake and 40 are devotees to Aaliyah’s brand of spare but richly emotive style of R&B, and handled the posthumous track with respect and care. After a trademark twinkle of electronic from 40 and an eager “Y’all ain’t ready for this” adlib from Drake, they fall back and let the late Babygirl sing. “Baby, tell me what I gotta do to get you to talk about it/ Cause we’ve been together a little too long for you not to talk about it,” Aaliyah coos, coaxing an inspired and fame-dismissing verse from Drizzy. “Don’t you ever wake up disgusted,” he asks in response, concerned by the enemies and fake friends his millions have brought about. “And I don’t know if speaking on it helps, this is just s*** that’s on my mind, I just keep it to myself,” he concludes before stepping out of Aaliyah’s spotlight for the rest of the song, her “tell me what you need”‘s echoing through to the end.
The song might be more about Drake than it is Aaliyah, but it’s Aaliyah’s singular voice that shines the brightest and the production keeps faithful her legend. What more have you got, Drake?