Aaliyah & The Weeknd Finally Cross Paths On ‘Poison’

Aaliyah and her legacy are back in a big way now that her classic albums are finally available on streaming. But fans of Aaliyah have a lot more in store in the coming months. A new posthumous album, Unstoppable, is on the horizon and will feature collaborations with a host of current artists. We get our first listen to the project with new single “Poison” featuring The Weeknd.

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Produced by Nick Lamb and DannyBoyStyles and with writing credits from the late Static Major and The Weeknd“Poison” is a ballad that deals with a toxic love affair. Over smooth, airy production, she states her case and confusion about what she’s feeling. “How can I explain myself to you? / Questions keep lurking through my mind / Is it the lover for the time?” Aaliyah questions. “I’ve given my heart, my joy, my soul to you / If it is real, I sure can’t see / Gotta start lookin’ out for me.” The Weeknd — who famously sampled “Rock The Boat” on his 2010 breakout single “What You Need” — continues the story on the chorus, singing, “This feeling, there’s no drug that can compare / You’re so cold, I can see your breath, I swear / They told me not to fall in love / Wondering where it all went wrong / You were my poison all along.”

While it’s good to hear “new” music from Aaliyah, there’s something a bit off about the song. In particular, Aaliyah’s vocals, which are poorly mixed and sound filtered through an old computer. Babygirl has one of the most recognizable voices in R&B, so the variance in her “Poison” vocals is noticeable. Piecing together new songs from her studio scraps is one thing, creating a new (and not very good) voice for Aaliyah is another.

A release date for Unstoppable hasn’t been specified as of yet, but a who’s who of names — including DrakeNe-YoChris Brown and others — have been thrown around as featured guests. All that remains to be seen. However, you can listen to Aaliyah and The Weeknd on “Poison” right here and right now.

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