“It’s all off of an Aaliyah project that me and 40 are commanding, and 40 is just doing some incredible, incredible music right now,” Drake said to Much Music moments after unleashing ‘Enough Said’ the lead single of the later singer, featuring himself. “To get 13-14 new Aaliyah songs, everybody should be excited.”
Drizzy then proceeded to say that him and 40 hope to have anybody close to Aaliyah collaborate with them on the project.
Missy Elliott and Timbaland will not be amongst those who participate.
“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,” Mona Scott-Young, longtime manager for Missy Elliott, said in a statement sent to XXLMag.com. “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.”
Added Missy: “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.”
Back in April, a month after rumors of the possible posthumous album surfaced, Timbaland expressed that the right thing for Drake to do would be to reach out to him and Missy.
“I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if he do it, it should be with me and Missy,” the super-producer told The Breakfast Club of New York City’s Power 105.1 radio dial back in April. “The proper way for him to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record. But to put it on his record, would just not be right.”
He nor Missy would ever contacted, reportedly.—Jakinder Singh