Missy Elliott and Timbaland Distant About Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
September 19, 2012
Releasing any work posthumously is always a subject fraught with conflict, especially when the permissions of arriving at that decision are unclear. Ever since the announcement that Drake would be producing Aaliyah’s second album of previously unreleased music was tweeted by Jeffrey Walker in March of this year, all parties with reported ties to the project have been walking cautiously.
Aaliyah’s brother denounced the news, saying that no official album is supported by the Houghton family; while Aaliyah’s cousin Jomo Hankerson, who runs the Blackground Records label that is supposedly heading the project, stated that Missy Elliott and Timbaland were collaborating on the project. But both of the latter have been reticent to confirm.
Missy Elliott is quoted by HipHopDX to comment, “We’re talking about unfinished music and we don’t know her reasoning for not putting those records out. Maybe she didn’t feel like they were her best work. We don’t want to tap into that. It’s spiritually something else, very, very touchy—unless her parents came in and conducted that.” Neither would Timbaland speculate about the status of the album. Both preferred to speak about their upcoming jointly produced work of what Missy calls “theatrical Hip-Hop.”
Drake’s publicly known “obsession” with the late singer remains an uncomfortable topic for those who actually knew her.
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