Drake, 25-year-old chart-topping Canadian recording artist, is reportedly gearing up to executive produce the second posthumous album from deceased singer Aaliyah Haughton.
Haughton died in a plane crash 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.
Now, a source told rap website HipHopDx.com that the rapper is going to executive produce an upcoming posthumous project from Haughton, who would have been 33 years old. Drake is also reportedly gearing up to release a new single featuring the late singer, according to the website.
The rapper will reportedly premiere the song at his hometown concert called the OVO Festival in Toronto on Aug 5. Although Drake has been tight-lipped about any upcoming project with the singer, he did reveal that some special Aaliyah news was coming from his camp in the future in a March interview.
"I have some great Aaliyah news coming soon," he said in an interview with popular United Kingdom radio personality Tim Westwood. "Just some special things. Just gave you that, just a little. Because I said, I'm with Westwood, so I can't not. But great things, great things for music, period."
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. Last year, he wrote an open letter to the deceased singer to express feelings for the woman he "truly loved."
"I hope I make the right life choices so I can end up in heaven where I know you rest your head," Drake wrote to the singer last year. "I'll continue to make music in your honor until the day we finally meet."