There was some buzz about the potential of a posthumous Aaliyah album that would feature late singer’s friend Missy Elliot while produced by Timbaland.
Missy said so herself. And it’s not because she did not want to. It’s because she respects the legacy and life of her friend who died in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001.
The album of some of Aaliyah’s unreleased songs will be developed, with Drake as executive producer along with Noah (40) Shebib. It just will not have Missy or Timbaland on it.
“Tim and I carry Aaliyah with us everyday, like so many of the people who love her,” Ellit said a statement. “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.”
Elliot refused to even acknowledge the planned album after reports that Aaliyah’s family members have begun to distance themselves from the project. Just last week Jomo Hankerson, the late singer’s cousin, said the project would feature music Elliot was working on with Aaliyah before her death 11 years ago.
Elliot’s manager Mona Scott-Young said, “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.”
Drake and Noah “40” Shebib released a single, Enough Said, which has played to mixed reviews.
Aaliyah was killed on August 25, 2001 after her private plane crashed at the Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas. According to reports, the plane was overweight by 700 pounds and the pilot was not authorized to fly the particular airplane.