When asked about the Aaliyah project, Timbo seemed perplexed about it and felt that the news of the LP was exaggerated by the media. â€œIs it really real?â€ he asked the Breakfast Club. â€œWhatâ€™s one record to say thereâ€™s an album? I donâ€™t know if this is a real topic. I know people, we hear people, butâ€¦I think itâ€™s just fabricated. I think people blowing it out of proportion. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s all of that. I think something maybe occurred and I think it might have been pulled back.â€
Timbo also revealed that he talked to Noah â€œ40â€³ Shebib who is supposedly executive-producing the Aaliyah LP with Drake, and says he didnâ€™t tell him anything about the project. â€œI talked to 40 and itâ€™s all misconstrued,â€ he said. â€œI think that it was presented in a way where it wasnâ€™t that picture. He called me like, â€˜Yo, what has happened? I think we was just doing a song and it blew out of proportion.â€™ I was like, â€˜I donâ€™t know, because when it comes to Baby Girl, itâ€™s very sensitive.â€™â€
Meanwhile, Missy insists that she hasnâ€™t been contacted about any project related to the late singer. Even still, the Grammy-winning rapper says she wouldnâ€™t contribute anything to the album without the consent of Aaliyahâ€™s immediate family. â€œNobody has reached out to me. Itâ€™s not even about reaching out to me. I personally want to respect her family,â€ said Missy. â€œIf her mother or her brother or father has come and said weâ€™re ready to do an Aaliyah album because I always say as fans â€” we are still fans too â€” as fans, we would want to hear Aaliyah but thereâ€™s a respect that has to be given and shown.â€
â€œBecause for us, we can go on about our lives and we still mourn, but not the way this family â€” her mother, her brother, her father â€” they knew her before she was Aaliyah to the world,â€ she adds. â€œSo until they come and say â€˜Missy and Tim, we are ready to do an Aaliyah album,â€™ we just felt like we would pull back from it. But nobody reached out either.â€
Other artists who have worked with Aaliyah in the past have expressed their thoughts on the matter. Rapper DMX has boldly come out and stated that heâ€™s not comfortable with Drakeâ€™s involvement in the project.
â€œIâ€™m kinda feelinâ€™ some kinda way about the fact that you been commissioned, that you been blessed, youâ€™ve been given the opportunity to do the Aaliyah album,â€ he said, â€œyet you donâ€™t include anybody that she worked with personally.â€
â€œHow do you disregard what this woman did?â€ he continued. â€œWhat this beautiful angel did and say, â€˜Oh OK, Iâ€™m gonna take it for myself because Iâ€™m hot right now and Iâ€™m feelinâ€™ myself.â€™ How do you just go there with it? Your balls ainâ€™t that big, son.â€
What do you think? Do you believe a posthumous Aaliyah album is really in the works, or was it just a one-off single kind of deal?