Aaliyah & Drake’s “Enough Said”: Review Revue
Drake may or may not be executive-producing Aaliyah‘s upcoming posthumous album, but he’s offered up a collaboration featuring the late songstress in form of “Enough Said”, regardless. We admit, we weren’t too smitten with the way Drizzy made the song all about him with his verses. But what did the rest of the Internet have to say about the track? Head below for our review roundup, then let us know your own thoughts on “Enough Said”.
:: Rolling Stone notes, “‘Enough Said’ features Aaliyah cooing sensually over a sparse beat, with eerie, stuttering ‘yeah’s’ and a striking guest verse from Drake halfway through.”
:: MTV’s RapFix plays it pretty neutral: “Naturally, Drake tapped Noah ’40’ Shebib to handle the production, which complements Aaliyah’s vocals nicely on the track.”
:: Grantland ponders whether or not Drizzy is the man who should be exec-producing Aaliyah’s posthumous LP: “This is a touchy subject for Aaliyah’s rightly obsessed fans, and any defense of Drake here is presumptive. We can guess that Drake, who is one of those obsessed fans, will have enough respect for Aaliyah’s inimitable sound not to swap it out for his own. We can guess that Drake won’t be, as he is on ‘Enough Said’ (to the consternation of some), rapping about how he’s sad he’s rich on every track of this new album. Mostly, though, we can wait and see how this turns out.”
:: Longtime Aaliyah collaborator Timbaland had some choice words regarding the matter: “I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if [Drake] do it, it should be with me and him, and Missy. I don’t know what’s going on. The proper way to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record. For it to be on his record, that would not be right.”Entertainment Weekly wonders if Drake has a personal agenda: “…what if the dead were used to settle beefs? A number of hip-hop fans are buzzing about whether or not Drake snuck in a Chris Brown diss in the Aaliyah song. His verse includes the line ‘Selling under 150/You n—s gotta be kidding/Is this even a discussion?’ That, the theory goes, is a thinly veiled attack on Brown’s Fortune, which debuted to 134,000 in first-week sales last month.”
:: E! Online got the chills: “It’s hard not to feel some goosebumps rise at the first sound of Aaliyah’s soft voice, but quickly, listeners can find themselves taken by the single and moving their head to the smooth beat, while hearing Drizzy, who is featured on the track, prepare to drop a verse.”
:: Spin adds this: “Produced by Drake’s usual collaborator Noah ’40’ Shebib, the track is smoky, after-hours R&B, with spare yet evocative electronic backing recalling the xx or last year’s Take Care. Aaliyah’s rich, understated vocal sounds better than predictable cast-off fare, with a memorable “yeah yeah yeah” hook as she implores a lover to open up.”