Unforgettable f/ Young Jeezy
Produced by: Noah "40" Shebib & Boi-1da
Noah "40" Shebib: "I was at a friend’s house in April and I was looking through her CDs and she had classics. I love old R&B so I pulled out three CDs, one of them being Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number and I looked at her and said, ’I’m gonna use one of these songs, swear to God. Watch me.’ So I went to the studio and listened through the Aaliyah record and I was like ’Man, I can’t believe no one has flipped this acapella [for ’At Your Best (You Are Love)’].’ I just sampled it in Pro Tools, I built a lot of the core structure and pretty much the whole beat. Then I sent it to Boi-1da without any drums and he did all the drums to it and sent it back.
"[Drake] knows how much of an Aaliyah diehard fan I am and he is pretty hardcore with Aaliyah, too, so we always wanted to sample one of her records somehow or some way. Even when we did 'Bria’s Interlude,' where I sampled ’Friendly Skies’ on So Far Gone, I really wanted to do something with Aaliyah, but then I found ’Friendly Skies’ instead. I even had a couple other Aaliyah ideas he wanted to use and probably would have used if we didn’t get this Aaliyah record to work.
"I think our manager Gee might have made some phone calls on our behalf on that one. I think the real story is that Gee contacted her mother and helped us clear the sample. I think at first it was a little sideways and we weren’t going to be able to do it, but then we told Gee how much it meant to us so he sort of moved forward and helped us. With 'Unforgettable,' it was late in the process of recording, I was under the gun mixing the rest of the album and I knew that was another mix Gadget could hit the bottom end on so I sent it to him."
Boi-1da: “That was a last minute song. It was made in my basement. 40 sent it to me with the melody and sample on it, I just did the drums on Fruity Loops. It took me like half an hour. That was it. That was Drake’s idea to use the Aaliyah sample. Who isn’t an Aaliyah fan? Aaliyah is a legend. If you say you’re not a fan of Aaliyah, then you just don’t like good music. That’s pretty much it. I’m not being biased or anything. Aaliyah was great.”