It’s either really sweet, or just a little bit creepy. Rapper Drake recently played a game of tennis with friends, and whipped off his shirt to reveal a tattoo of the late singer Aaliyah’s face on his back.
Apparently, the tattoo wasn’t the only tribute from Drake to the late singer (he has often declared himself a fan.) This summer, the Canadian rapper also penned a letter to Aaliyah on the anniversary of her death, which read:
I’ve never lost a parent, a friend, or a lover but I will never forget this day for the rest of my life. I remember getting the news that you had passed and it connected with my heart like a clean shot from Muhammad Ali. I was crushed. Not only was I one of your biggest fans but I was truly in love with you. I loved the way you carried yourself, the way you dressed, the confidence with which you addressed passion and relationships in your music. I said to myself that even if we never met, I wanted a woman in my life just like you. I am pained that we will never get to connect now that music ended up being my career path. But you should know, we all listen to you everyday and we remain inspired and moved by all that you’ve given the world. I hope I make the right life choices so I can end up in heaven where I know you rest your head. I’ll continue to make music in your honor until the day we finally meet. Dinner’s on me!
Love you always and forever,
The letter appeared as a guest post on RapRadar.
Aaliyah died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001 as she and her crew were returning to the U.S. after filming her “Rock the Boat” music video in Abaco in the Bahamas.
See more photos, including the Aaliyah pic that apparently inspired the tat, at DrizzyDrake.org.