Never shy from showing his emotions or lamenting his woes (or on "Back to Back" his “whoas”), Drake usually resorts to his singing voice for such self expression. Why? Well, apparently it’s because of Aaliyah’s long-reaching influence. On the ten year anniversary of the singer’s death, rapper/singer Drake told Soul Culture that Aaliyah leads the pack of artists-- including rappers-- that inspire him. It’s more than just inspiration, though. It’s giving credit where it’s due.
"She just made phenomenal music and she was beautiful and she was a girl that I fell in love with early in my life -- I feel like if she was still here I would probably be pursuing her in a major way, you know, because I was truly in love with her very early on."
Her legendary singing voice was sampled on the Drake track "Unforgettable," which also featured Young Jeezy. Plus, we can't forget the time the two posthumously collabed on "Enough Said."
Check out the aforementioned Soul Culture interview below.