There was once a Drake interview in which he said something along the lines of: Aaliyah is incredible because “her perspective was so G’d up.” I wholeheartedly agree, and I see exactly what he meant. Was Aaliyah lady-like, did she show vulnerability, and was she delicate when she wanted to be? 100 percent. But a lot of the time, her approach to discussing the male/female relationship dynamic was so nonchalant, that for the lack of a better term, she came across like a guy a lot of the time. She wasn’t afraid to talk about sex openly, or to be the player, and not the played. I mean, let’s take a look at the second verse of “Are You That Somebody?”:
"Won't you pick me up at the park right now
Up the block while everyone is sleep (sleep, sleep)?
I'll be waiting there — with my trench, my Lugz,
My hat; Just so I'm lowkey
If you tell the world
Don't sleep..you know that would be weak."
Babygirl was trying to keep it on the low (in Lugz nonetheless). Twigs is the same way. She’s not afraid to talk about a romantic situation keep the reality of it exactly what it is. “Hours,” from Twigs debut studio album LP1 (due on August 12th) echoes this sentiment, as well as “Papi Pacify” of course, from EP2. You don’t need much imagination to envision those being Aaliyah songs — cutting to the chase, even if raw, honest, sexuality is that chase. Twigs has written about masturbation; Aaliyah has written about infidelity and promiscuity. They’re both willing to go places that a lot of female artists are often afraid to.