August 25th will mark the 11th year since Aaliyah’s untimely death upon wrapping her eerily heavenly video for “Rock The Boat.” Aaliyah’s fans have kept her legacy alive, while Drake continues adding to his Aaliyah shrine via tattoos, Aaliyah-featured tracks and teaming up with producer Noah “40″ Shebib to deliver an Aaliyah posthumous album. Drake himself confirmed the album, however, Aaliyah’s family maintained that they had nothing to do with any music coming our after the R&B darling’s death.
It had been rumored that Aaliyah’s unofficial musical mentors Missy Elliott and Timbaland were going to be a part of the album, however, sources say that is not true. In a press release submitted to Billboard from Missy’s manager, Mona Scott-Young:
“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.”
“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.”
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Well, I guess that’s clear. There’s nothing smart about Drake releasing an Aaliyah album without Missy and/or Timbaland. It makes no sense. Although Drake’s “Enough Said” isn’t a horrible song, fans have already criticized the tune for not involving Missy or Timbaland.
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