We’ve been hearing for some time about the possibility of a posthumous Aaliyah album release, but so far we’ve got nothin’. Which, actually, is okay by me. Because I’m still listening to her amazing original tracks, along with recent mash-up remixes featuring Gotye. And it seems like Aaliyah is on a lot of minds these days, especially since there are rumors floating around that Drake might produce an album of her previously unreleased music. Drake (who has proclaimed his love for the late, great R&B singer previously) has been all about her, displaying a new tattoo that is part homage to Toronto, part Aaliyah memorium and also announcing that he plans to produce an album of duets with the singer. But when super producer Timbaland heard the news he wasn’t entirely excited about the idea of an Aaliyah project taking off without him and Missy Elliot, who both played a huge role in Aaliyah‘s unique sound and style. They were also very close friends when Aaliyah was alive. Deets on the prospective project inside:
The Los Angeles Times has the report:
This week the blogosphere has reignited with talk that a posthumous album from Aaliyahcould be in the works, after a source revealed to HipHopDX that Canadian rapper-singer Drake had been recruited to executive produce the project.
Fans of the the late R&B songbird are still patiently awaiting a disc of vaulted works from the singer who helped define and reinvent the sound of ’90s urban music before her 2001 death in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
Beyond his fan fixation, Drake certainly has the ability to channel the breathy falsetto and innovative, genre-blending beats that made Aaliyah groundbreaking for her time. Listen to any of his works, especially his latest opus, “Take Care,” and it’s clear that he’s well-versed enough with her discography that he could bring her to younger listeners. The source went on to say Drake plans to unveil a new single, featuring her vocals, at his upcoming OVO Festival in Toronto on Sunday.
While Drake’s name is being tossed around on blogs, Aaliyah purists are likely skeptical of any project being released without imput from longtime collaborators/friends Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who has already said it wouldn’t be right for a project to happen without them. Timbaland said Drake has yet to reach out to him.
“I know they’re trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if he do do it, it should be with me and him and Missy,” Timbaland said in an interview with New York’s Power 105.1 (WWPR-FM). “I don’t know what’s going on, but the proper way to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record. I produce it. But to put it on his album or to put it on his record or whatever, however it be, it would just not be right.”
I know we’ve got some serious Aaliyah fans on PITNB… nicole, where you at?! I’d love to hear what y’all think about the possibility of a Drake-produced Aaliyah album. Personally… I’m with Timbo on this one. Obviously Drake doesn’t need his permission to do anything, but he could certainly use the two cents of Missy and Timbaland (and, hell maybe even Magoo,wherever he is) if he’s going to produce a quality, posthumous album. And I can understand Timb wanting to be involved on a personal level (if y’all caught his E! True Hollywood Story, you heard him confess to being completely in love with her, at one point). Posthumous anythings weird me out a little, but of course I’d love to hear Aaliyah‘s voice on some new tracks, if only to confirm my suspicions that she’d be running the game if she were still here.