You guys remember how Drake is totally in love with Aaliyah, right? Despite barely being Bar Mitzvah age at the time of her untimely death over a decade ago, the Young Money rapper has oft expressed his deep emotions for the late singer, writing her an open letter of devotion a few years ago and maybe getting a tattoo of her on his back? Well Drizzy might get one of his top five Aaliyah-related wishes soon, as the singer/rapper hinted to UK radio DJ Tim Westwood that the two artists might be hooking up. “I have some great Aaliyah news coming soon,” he revealed to Westwood. “Some special things. Great things man. Great things for music, period.”
We're guessing Drake hasn't actually brought her back from the dead, sadly—if he had those kind of resurrectory powers, he probably already already would have used them on Mac Dre—so we suppose he's probably talking about some kind of posthumous collaboration with Baby Girl. That's still fairly exciting, if for no other reason than the first time Drizzy worked with Aaliyah's disembodied voice, it resulted in "Unforgettable," one of the better songs on Thank Me Later. Drake also further elaborated on his fascination with the late singer to Westwood: "You know it’s hard for me to ride around to a female singer because at the end of the day, you’re a man, but she always kept it so G with the writing and the melodies." Phew—Drake's masculinity remains unimpeachable for another day.
In less exciting Drake-related news, the kid took kind of a beating at his home country's most high-profile music award show, the Junos. Despite taking home Rap Album of the Year—winning a tight race with such other Canadian hip-hop luminaries as Classified, Swollen Members and D-Sisive—Aubrey was shut out of most of the major categories, losing in the Fan Choice, Artist of the Year and Album of the Year categories—the last one to Michael Buble's Christmas. Now, we've listened to both of those albums in the Popdust office, and while Christmas is strongly in the running for our Top Ten Canadian Christmas Albums of 2011, we can't say it posed much of a threat to Take Care for a spot in our actual Top Ten Albums We Actually Liked Listening To and Probably Would Again of 2011. Shape up, Canada—we can't be covering for you guys forever.