Aaliyah was unstoppable — till all of the voices on her posthumous report had been males.
The extremely anticipated album “Unstoppable” is about to be launched this month almost 21 years after her dying.
But fans are already important of the tribute, which options an all-male lineup together with Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Ne-Yo, Future and the Weeknd.
“Imagine having the opportunity to create a new Aaliyah album with an entire generation of women that were directly influenced (Ciara, Teyana, Tinashe, Normani, Jhene, CxH, H.E.R., 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??!!” another bewildered fan wrote. “Its mind boggling. Like I wanna listen cause it’s Aaliyah but majority of me really don’t wanna hear it.”
Aaliyah fanatics had been already dissatisfied final month by “Poison,” the one launched observe off the album, which options the Weeknd. Her legacy defenders referred to as the tune certainly one of “the worst” songs they ever heard, critiquing the vocal mixing.
The Weeknd sampled the late singer’s “Rock the Boat” on his 2011 observe “What You Need,” but Aaliyah’s loyal followers are convinced “no one sampling her music/voice is doing anything worth a damn.”
Fans had been additionally reeling on the inclusion of Brown, Rihanna’s abusive ex, given Aaliyah’s personal troubled previous with R. Kelly, who was convicted of racketeering and intercourse trafficking.
“Instead of featuring any of the Black female artists who were influenced by Aaliyah they featured … a bunch of predators and abusers?” jabbed one fan. “So disgusting considering what she went through.”
In 2009, a violent altercation between Brown and then-girlfriend Rihanna surfaced on-line, incomes him a felony assault conviction and probation with neighborhood service. Since the incident, the 32-year-old rapper has been linked to a number of alleged assaults and violence.
“The body of work is pure hip-hop and R&B,” Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle, told Billboard concerning the upcoming report. “I think it’s going to be big with urban and R&B stations. Some of the people that Aaliyah liked are on the album. She loved Snoop Dogg, who’s done a great record in collaboration with Future. They’re going in now to refresh their vocals. Ne-Yo gave us an excellent song; also Drake.”
Aside from the options rivalry, different superfans had been extra irritated by the mere thought of a posthumous release, which feels, in response to one Twitter consumer, like a “cash grab.”
“I just don’t like the idea putting out so much heavily edited music after they have died period,” tweeted another. “Unless the songs were mostly done it just bothers my spirit.”
In the Billboard interview, Hankerson admitted he was not involved with Aaliyah’s property.
“We hope they’re happy. Our door and our phone is always available if there are any comments they’d like to make about anything,” he provided. “I just hope that out of the very terrible thing that happened to my niece that people can heal.”