“They Don’t Know” borrows from Digital Black‘s “Don’t Think They Know,” from his 2008 album Memoirs of an R&B Thug. Digital Black was one of three members in ’90s R&B group Playa, whose members (Static Major especially) worked with Aaliyah in addition to Ginuwine, Missy Elliott and Jo Jo. Timbaland had also produced Playa’s 1998 debut, Cheers 2 U. Hear Brown’s take after the jump. Chris Brown, “They Don’t Know”
Brown’s preview sets Aaliyah’s original verse and previously unused chorus to a ratchet beat. He only trades verses briefly with the influential R&B singer, but what he sings — “Don’t listen to what people say / they don’t know about you and me” — is enough to hint that “They Don’t Know” may become his version of Rihanna‘s “Nobody’s Business,” featuring Brown himself.