In case you’re wondering if Drake’s obsession with Aaliyah has subsided….it hasn’t.
This weekend, the rapper will premiere his new track featuring Aaliyah at the OVO Festival in Toronto and according to HipHop DX, he’s the executive producer of the late singer’s upcoming posthumous album:
A reliable source with inside knowledge of the situation told HipHopDX that the Young Money rapper, who has a tattoo of the songstress on his back, will sit at the helm for her new LP. Details surrounding the album are scarce, but in March, producer Jeffrey “J. Dub” Walker said that an unreleased song titled “Steady Ground” will appear on the project. Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Haughton, later said that no such album was in the works.
In late March, Drake hinted to Tim Westwood that he had some “special things” related to Aaliyah in motion. “I have some great Aaliyah news coming soon,” he said. “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.”
For the rapper who never even met Aaliyah, apparently a tattoo of her face, upcoming single, potential album, earphones, and other tributes he’s done in her memory aren’t enough. Drake just got another tat in honor of the singer. Located on the side of his rib cage, it says ’416′ which is Toronto’s area code, as well as 116, for Aaliyah’s January 16th birthdate.
Besides proving to the world that he is Aaliyah’s Greatest Fan, Drake is nearing completion of another decidedly saner goal this summer. According to That Grape Juice, the 25-year-old told Now Toronto that he’s working toward his high school diploma:
I’m actually spending my summer graduating high school. That’s my main focus after OVO Fest. I only have one credit left, and I’m really excited about that.
Most people who have been successful in their career wouldn’t even bother going back to school, so he definitely gets some cool points for setting that example. He’s going to need those cool points too because that Aaliyah obsession has him all out.
What do you think about Drake’s fandom? Are you glad to hear that he’s finishing his high school education?
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