Mario Balotelli name checked by rapper Drake on new Aaliyah song

Mario Balotelli and Drake enjoy a curry together (Facebook)
Mario Balotelli and Drake enjoy a curry together (Facebook)

American singer Aaliyah died nearly eleven years ago, but that hasn't stopped her from putting out new music that name checks Manchester City star Mario Balotelli.

The nod to the Premier League prankster comes courtesy of Canadian rapper Drake, who opens his contribution to new song 'Enough Said' by boasting of "swerving with Balotelli" around venues in Manchester.

Drake's lyrics would appear to be based in reality: in April, the Hip hop star attended Manchester City's 3-3 draw with Sunderland and went for a curry with the 21-year-old striker afterwards. Balotelli then attended a Drake concert the following evening, where he was accused of "soaking some girls with a fire hose". Super Mario has since spoken of his admiration for Chris Brown's least favorite recording artist.

You can listen to the track here, but be prepared for some potty mouth language.