Chris Brown has said that he and Aaliyah will be on his new album. He says that he is going to combine the “classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now.”
Chris has gone back to the past and found a collaborative track featuring the late singer Aaliyah on the song They Don’t Know which contains previously unheard vocals from Aaliyah. Brown shot the video for the song last weekend.
About the video, Brown said at the BET Awards 2013 press conference yesterday that, “I shot it in the hood. I went to 60th Street and Cedar Block, [I’m] bringing both worlds together and trying to uplift the poverty side of the community and show them where I’m from. I’m from Virginia, but everybody comes from a broken home or being broke – I remember when I was.”
“They Don’t Know” will be featured on Brown’s upcoming album, X, due out July 16th. It also features fellow artists like Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar and will feature production from Timbaland and Pharrell, among others. Brown talked to Rolling Stone in March this year and said, “Making X, I found out who I am. This album has a lot of substance, from the subject matter and the situations to how it deals with love. It’s really derived from personal experiences. Then again, I always like mixing reality with art.”
Brown isn’t the only artist to delve back into the past to record a new number with the late Aaliyah. Drake, who had a “brawl” with Chris last year in a New York nightclub, has also already produced a track that was released online August of last year that featured vocals from the late singer.
Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001 while working on her second film in Queen of the Dammed where she played Queen Akasha, the mother of all vampires in an adaption of the Anne Rice novel. Before her death, Aaliyah had filmed part of her role in The Matrix Reloaded and was scheduled to appear in The Matrix Revolutions as Zee.
There has been no mention of any controversy in his choice to use the late singers vocals on his track and one can only assume that the legalities have been dealt with upfront and will not suddenly pop up to cause more problems for the already legally hassled singer.
Chris Brown has recently been in the news, not for his music, but for his neighbours complaining and lodging formal writs to force him to remove some “personal” graffiti on the wall by his garage in Los Angeles. While his neighbours make not care for him or his artwork, he’s at least made a few new friends after filming in Compton, California and using the Crenshaw Colts Youth Football and Cheer teams in the video that he shot last week in the Los Angeles area.
Chris Brown’s tribute to Aaliyah with her featured track on X is scheduled to be released on July 16 this year.
By Michael Smith