By Jon Wiederhorn
A second track has surfaced featuring Drake and the late R&B star Aaliyah (full name Aaliyah Dana Houghton). “Talk is Cheap” is a slick, velvety song that pairs Aaliyah’s angelic vocals with soft beats, sultry production and Drake’s polished rapping.
The song comes more than four years after “Enough Said,” which Drake released in 2012. That cut was meant to be part of a bigger project that would feature tracks Aaliyah recorded before she died in a plane crash in 2001. However, the project was nixed after Aaliyah’s family refused to sign off on it.
Aaliyah’s family has previously said that they have no knowledge of an upcoming album featuring Drake and Aaliyah. “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family, Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton told The Guardian.
Timbaland, Aaliyah’s go-to producer when she was alive, said that if a new full-length release featuring Aaliyah’s music is on the way, he wants to be involved. “I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if [Drake] do it, it should be with me and him, and Missy [Elliott],” he said.
Listen to “Talk is Cheap” here: