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May 21, 2013  | by: Neil Protacio
Flickr (EvaRinaldiPhotography)

Flickr (EvaRinaldiPhotography)

 

Hip-hop and R&B junkies unite! Chris Brown has channeled the spirit of late R&B princess Aaliyah for his upcoming track “They Don’t Know.”

The song is another episode of collaborations Team Breezy has undergone for Brown’s upcoming “X” album, scheduled to release on July 16. Among the partners he’s worked with are rapper Kendrick Lamar, producer Diplo, and the beautiful Rihanna.

In releasing a two minute snippet preview on YouTube (that was unfortunately taken down), Brown also shot a video in Los Angeles where the native Angelenos came out in support… and cameo appearances!

“I shot it in the ‘hood. I went to 60th Street and Cedar Block,” Brown told the Associated Press. “[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.”

The sampling of the unreleased Aaliyah vocals follows the path set by Drake who released “Enough Said,” a smooth, mid-tempo track that cleverly meshes the eerie yet soulful Aaliyah sound to a steady beat.

“Never heard before vocals, all new stuff that has never been heard before,” Brown described of Aaliyah’s sample. “Its something special for all my fans.”

Judging by the quick seven-second sample we’re given, it sounds like Brown is taking Aaliyah to the streets with a hip-hop head bobber. Only time will tell.

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