Other than supposedly Drake, nobody knows who exactly is working on this Aaliyah posthumous album that’s supposed to be released by her label, Blackground Records. It’s definitely not Aaliyah’s trusted producers Missy Elliott and Timbaland. The two have confirmed that they will not be involved in the project. In fact, Missy tweeted to a fan that she didn’t even know there was an album coming out until a few days ago.
Missy’s manager Mona Scott-Young wrote in a press release to Billboard:
Although Missy and Timbaland always strive to keep the memory of their close friend alive, we have not been contacted about the project nor are there any plans at this time to participate. We’ve seen the reports surfacing that they have been confirmed to participate but that is not the case. Both Missy and Timbaland are very sensitive to the loss still being felt by the family so we wanted to clear up any misinformation being circulated.”
Missy herself added:
Tim and I carry Aaliyah with us everyday, like so many of the people who love her. She will always live in our hearts. We have nothing but love and respect for her memory and for her loved ones left behind still grieving her loss. They are always in our prayers.”
Though Drake recently collaborated on Aaliyah’s unreleased track, “Enough Said,” Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Houghton, confirmed on Aaliyah’s Facebook page last week that “there is no album being released and supported by the Haughton family.” The family doesn’t want the album, and without the support of the family, Aaliyah and Timbaland won’t be involved. And to be honest, if it’s merely going to be Aaliyah’s unfinished tracks with another rapper filling the void, I don’t think I want the album either. Let Aaliyah just rest in peace, and let the fans enjoy her already released music.
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