Double meaning: Drake unveils new tattoo in homage to Aaliyah and his home town
23:15 GMT, 4 August 2012
Canadian rapper Drake has made no secret of his persistent respect for the late singer Aaliyah.
The Take Care singer revealed a second tattoo that he has had done in honour of the Grammy nominated artist.
The 25-year-old's new ink, which sits on his rib cage, is also a homage to his home town area of Toronto, Canada, too.
Art work: Drake has a new tattoo in homage to Aaliyah and his home city of Toronto
The picture shows a large 416, which is the area code of his home city, down his side but it is only partially shaded in so that the four also looks like a one.
Aaliyah's birthday is January 16th or 1-16, which the tattoo clearly shows.
It is the second permanent ink tribute that Drake has on his body after he had the singers face plastered on his back.
Speaking about his love for the late singer in an interview with Soul Culture last year Drake said: 'I just found comfort in all of Aaliyah’s music and her melody choices and the things that she talks about – and how she always conveyed these amazing emotions but never got too sappy.'
The black and white photo came shortly after Drake announced that he is planning to release a posthumous album with Aaliyah.
Face art: Drake already has a picture of the late singer etched onto his back
In memory of: The late singer Aaliyah, pictured in 2001, is set to release a posthumous album with Drake
As well as performing some duets on the album he will also be the executive producer behind it.
The surprising move has not been well received by Missy Elliot and Timbaland, who have publicly said that they should be approached if he intends to go ahead with the project.
Bad boy: The rapper is set to produce Aaliyah's next album despite angering Timbaland
Timbaland told Power 105.1: 'I know they’re trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if he do do it, it should be with me and him and Missy.
I don’t know what’s going on, but the proper to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record. I produce it.
'But to put it on his album or to put it on his record or whatever, however it be, it would just not be right.'
Aliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001 aged just 22, she is credited with redefining contemporary R&B and hip hop.