Aaliyah’s posthumous release has a male line-up

Aaliyah was unstoppable – until all the voices on her posthumous record were men.

The long-awaited album “Unstoppable” is to be released this month almost 21 years after her death.

But fans are already critical of the tribute stone, which features a male lineup, including Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Ne-Yo, Future and Weeknd.

“Imagine having the opportunity to create a new Aaliyah album with a whole generation of women who were directly influenced (Ciara, Teyana, Tinashe, Normani, Jhene, CxH, HERE, Sevyn, etc.), but instead we get Snoop Dogg, Neyo, Future, [Chris Brown] a weird Weeknd song… yikes, ” an exhausted fan lamented on Twitter.

“Like no females at all? !!” wrote another confused fan. “It’s insane. Like I want to listen because it’s Aaliyah, but the majority of me really do not want to hear it.”

Fans had already been let down by “Poison”, the only released track from the album so far.

Aaliyah fanatics were already last month disappointed with “Poison”, the only released track from the album that contains Weeknd. Her old defenders called the song one of “the worst“songs they’ve ever heard, criticizes the vocal mix.

The Weeknd sampled the late singer’s “Rock the Boat” on his 2011 track “What You Need”. Aaliyah’s loyal followers are convinced “No one who samples her music / voice does something that is worth anything.”

Fans were also shaken by the inclusion of Brown, Rihanna’s violent ex, given Aaliyah’s own troubled past with R. Kelly, who was convicted of extortion and sex trafficking.

After discovering the features on the posthumous plate would be all men, fans were furious.

“Instead of presenting any of the black female artists who were influenced by Aaliyah, did they present … a bunch of predators and addicts?” bumped a fan. “So disgusting considering what she went through.”

In 2009, a violent altercation between Brown and then-girlfriend Rihanna surfaced online, giving him a conviction for crimes and a probationary period with community service. Since the incident, the 32-year-old rapper has been linked to several alleged assaults and violence.

Most notable is that Brown’s ex Karrueche Tran received a restraining order against the rapper in 2017 after he threatened her, and recently Brown was once again accused of beating a woman in his home in Los Angeles last year.

“The work is pure hip hop and R&B,” Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle, told Billboard about the upcoming record. “I think it will be big with city and R&B stations. Some of the people that Aaliyah liked are on the album. She loved Snoop Dogg, who has made a fantastic record in collaboration with Future. They are going in now to refresh their vocals. Ne-Yo gave us an excellent song; also Drake. “

Despite what was originally exciting news, the posthumous release has annoyed more fans than anything else.
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Aside from the claim of features, other superfans were more annoyed at the idea of ​​a posthumous release, which according to a Twitter user feels like a “cash grip. “

“I just don’t like the idea of ​​releasing so much heavily edited music after they’ve dead.” tweeted another. “Unless the songs were mostly made, it just bothers my spirit.”

In the Billboard interview, Hankerson admitted that he was not in contact with Aaliyah’s property.

“We hope they are happy. Our door and our phone are always available if there are any comments they would like to make about anything,” he offered. “I just hope people can heal from the very awful thing. that happened to my niece. ”


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