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Should artists have their music released after they die? #SBTVListenUp


At a time where technology allows the resurrection of music’s late, great artists, the likes of Tupac to reappear unblemished before us via hologram, and posthumous albums emerge seemingly from nowhere, is there anything left sacred? And should Drake – or anyone, for that matter – be releasing music on someone else’s behalf?

With the emergence of Enough Said several days ago – Aaliyah’s ‘duet’ with Drake on the Noah “40” Shebib produced track – the interwebs erupted and divided into two very clear sects; those who believed the track is awesome, and those who believed that Drake’s Aaliyah super fan status did not attribute him worthy to executive produce her posthumous album, and that someone like Timbaland or Missy Elliott should instead be awarded the honour.

But, the question of who is the reverse grim-reaper aside, perhaps it’s more important to consider if it’s ever acceptable to release someone’s music after they die. After all, isn’t their music the gift awarded to them, and us in turn? Shouldn’t they be the ones to decide how to package and present it?

This question is all the more important with new information which reveals that Aaliyah’s family have denied any and all involvement in her posthumous album.

“There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family,” said the late singer’s brother, Rashad Haughton.

Having obtained some of Aaliyah’s previously unreleased vocal tracks, Young Money’s Drake added his own verse in which he brags about his watch, laments various first world pains and appears to further diss Chris Brown after their brawl in a nightclub several months ago.

The extent of or lack of Drake’s prowess is not something that particularly needs to be covered in this discussion but, who said Aaliyah wants any of that on one of her tracks?! (Who said she was happy with those vocals to begin with or that she wanted them heard by the world?) But more importantly – who is Drake to change the legacy Aaliyah left behind?

Music producer Flying Lotus appears to feel the same way, saying “When I’m dead, don’t mess with my music. Don’t be having whoever ‘finish’ my demos n shit. Fuck that.”


What do you think? Should artists have their music released after they die?


Words by Alya Mooro

Edited by Natalia



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2 Responses to “Should artists have their music released after they die? #SBTVListenUp”

  1. Smita says:

    I understand the comments about is it somebody else’s choice but I’m sure most of the fans are happy to hear Aaliyah’s voice again! We have known from day 1 of Drake’s careet that he is an Aaliyah super fan so why all the contrversy and hate? I love the track and what about all the tupac songs that have been released after his death?

  2. liam says:

    what a touchy subject…. i dont knw the history of drake and aaliyah but i would say the family should have the final decision and as for drake gassing about watchs and chriss brown he just disrespected aaliyah by rapping about such trivial things when alliyah is dead and has no choice in what is happening with her music, would be good to see where the profits go to. hypotheticaly if it was a krept an konan situation i would like to think that they would carry on there fellow mc’s legacy.

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