Update: Despite the rumors that Timbaland and Missy Elliott will be involved in the forthcoming posthumous Aaliyah album, it appears neither has been contacted about it.
Elliot’s manager Mona Scott-Young told 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.”
Contrary to Drake’s claim that the late singer’s family is supportive, Aaliyah’s relatives continue to say otherwise.
Drake’s posting of a previously unreleased Aaliyah song last Sunday has created quite a stir. The track was accompanied by rumors of another posthumous album being put out, and now it’s been confirmed that the project is happening, with or without the support of the late singer’s family.
The rapper put “Enough Said” on his blog over the weekend, an Aaliyah song that now features Drake on a single verse. The track was produced by his longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib. The posting gathered criticism from fans and artists alike, with Timbaland expressing concern that he and Missy Elliot would not be part of the project.
It has also incited denunciation from the late singer’s family, with her brother saying, “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family.” The family wrote on Facebook: “Do you want a [new] Aaliyah album? If so, who should executive produce it or be featured on it? The Haughton family would love to hear what the FANS have to say.”
But it appears Drake doesn’t need the support of Aaliyah’s family, as “Enough Said” was co-released by Drake’s own October’s Very Own and Blackground, the label founded by the singer’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, who is rumored to own the rights to all her unreleased tracks.
According to The Guardian, Timbaland will now produce two songs on the forthcoming album, with Shebib taking the reins on the rest. As of now, it’s looking like the LP will feature 13 to 14 new songs and will be released this year.