People Who Need To Just Stop: Drake and his Aaliyah fetish
Because I don’t make a habit of spending more brain cells than necessary on Drake, it has only recently come to my attention that this man has a questionable, (to say the absolute least) obsession with the late singer, Aaliyah. This weekend, the following headline caught my eye:
“Drake Gets Another Aaliyah Tattoo”
“ANOTHER?” I thought. “LIKE, MORE THAN ONE?” Indeed, Drake recently graffiti-ed himself with his second tattoo dedicated to Aaliyah. Ya know, Aaliyah, a woman HE NEVER EVEN MET.
- (via Karen Civil)
Holy hell this man is insane. If you have a pulse, you probably noticed that “Aaliyah” was trending on Twitter for the better part of this weekend due to the release of her new posthumous single, “Enough Said,” featuring Drake. Never mind the fact that most posthumous music that wasn’t completed before the artist died usually isn’t that great and is often in questionable taste. Let’s be real, if Drake were a normal person, we’d all be backing away slowly trying not to upset him, the way you generally try to appease crazy people.
Complex Magazine has this handy guide to Drake’s Aaliyah obsession. Using which, I will now rank the creepiness of his Aaliyah-centric actions on a scale from one to Fatal Attraction.
Drake References “Are U That Somebody” On “BedRock”
Date: November 2009
What happened: Smack dab in the middle of his verse on Young Money’s “BedRock” single, Drizzy drops the following line with smooth bravado: “Girl, I gotta watch my back, cause I’m not just anybody.” Sound familiar?
Ok, this isn’t that bad. A lot of musicians reference other artists who influenced them. Let’s just call this a tribute of sorts.
How creepy?: 3
Date: August 2010
What happened: On the ninth anniversary of her death (Aug. 25, 2001), Drake took to Rap Radar to pen a letter to Aaliyah and addressed her by her middle name.
Writing a letter to someone you never met isn’t, in and of itself, that weird, but the fact that he addresses her by her middle name absolutely is. Plus, he says a lot weird shit throughout the letter:
“I remember getting the news that you had passed and it connected with my heart like a clean shot from Muhammad Ali.”
What what what?? That’s an incredibly random and clunky metaphor. You’re trying too hard Aubrey.
“Not only was I one of your biggest fans but I was truly in love with you.”
This man thinks he was “truly in love” with a woman he never met. STALKER STATUS!!!!
“I’ll continue to make music in your honor until the day we finally meet. Dinner’s on me!”
Shut up Drake.
How creepy?: 6
Date: November 2011
What happened: When Drake tweeted about having in his ear at every show, it wasn’t 100 percent clear what he meant. That was, of course, until photos like the one above surfaced, showcasing an earpiece with Aaliyah’s face on it.
I really don’t even have words for this.
How creepy?: 8
Date: December 2011
What happened: Perhaps as a means of showing that we know it’s real, Drizzy got a tattoo of Aaliyah on his back.
In my opinion, tattooing the face of a dead person on your body is one of the tackier moves an individual can make. Their name? Fine. But the face… it’s just too much. This is made all the more inappropriate by the fact that HE DIDN’T KNOW HER.
How creepy?: 10
Date: August 2012
What happened: In addition to announcing that he’ll debut an Aaliyah-featured single at the OVO Fest, sources close to Drizzy revealed that he’s set to executive produce her in-the-works posthumous album.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? WHO IS LETTING THIS HAPPEN?
How creepy?: Off the charts
Music expert Scott Vener raised some excellent questions about Drake’s new project:
Drake, I can appreciate how important Aaliyah was to you on a musical level, but you’re taking this too far. And you know what? Even if you do have an incredibly creepy obsession with her, I guess that’s your business. But stop telling people about it. Jesus man, keep this ish to yourself. You’re already known around the world (or at least here at #sasstag) as “Drake sad so sad sad Drake sad wah,” no need to publicly pine after a dead girl you had absolutely no relationship with. Let’s also consider Aaliyah’s reaction to all of this. I imagine she would be flattered, but she would probably do that thing where a girl gives a guy her phone number but changes a few numbers and tries to get away before he can call and check to make sure he got the right number.
Drake, number of favors you are doing yourself: 0.