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Drake may be indirectly letting fans know that he had been working on an unreleased song with the late singer Aaliyah.
Aaliyah died 12 years ago in a plane crash at the age of 22. Drake, the 26-year-old chart-topping Canadian recording artist, was rumored to be executive producing the late singer's second posthumous album, according to HipHopDx.com last year.
Although Drake released a song called "Enough Said" with the singer, he posted a video on his Instagram account showing that he had featured the singer on another unreleased record. While it is unclear of the song's name, the rap artist could be seen singing along with the chorus that the late singer is featured on in the video captioned,"24 HOURS ON THIS BUS."
Aaliyah may have died in 2001 but has continued to make her mark on the music world as a record-breaking R&B artist whose influence transcended her life. Drake, born Aubrey Graham, has been vocal about being a fan of the late singer and even had a likeness of her tattooed on his back.
Drake has been vocal about his love for the late singer throughout his career and has been pictured with her photograph embedded on the earpiece that he performs with. In 2011, he wrote an open letter to the deceased singer to express feelings for the woman he "truly loved."
However, some people have expressed concern with Drake working on posthumous Aaliyah tracks.
"In music people always say 'Imma do a song with Aaliyah'. It won't work," Timbaland, Aaliyah's former collaborator and producer told Revolt TV earlier this year. "Chris Brown got a record, it won't work. Drake can go do a record with Aaliyah, it ain't gonna work."
According to Timbaland, he is the only person who sounds good working with Aaliyah.
"Aaliyah's music will only work with its soulmate, which is me," Timbaland told Revolt TV.
Another one of Aaliyah's longtime friends and collaborators Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott previously disapproved of the idea of hearing an album full of unreleased vocals from the singer.
"We don't know what her reasoning for not putting those records out. Maybe she didn't feel like they were her best work," Elliot said on New York radio station Hot 97 last year. "We just don't want to tap into that, just spiritually something else you know ... very very touchy. Unless her parents came in and conducted that."
Earlier this year, more unreleased Aaliyah vocals were heard by fans in a song called "Quit Hatin'" that appeared on YouTube with production credits being given to "Knotch." Singer Chris Brown also released a song and video featuring her vocals and likeness called "Don't Think They Know" earlier this year.