This ongoing battle over who is in, and who is out, with regards to a new rumored Aaliyah album is coming to a head. First Drake dropped his homage, to the late great music icon to mixed reviews. Personally, I enjoyed it. Like art, music is objective. I took it as the Canadian’s interpretation of how he viewed Aaliyah sounded in this post social media era. However almost immediately, the Blackground singer’s family came out denouncing –or celebrating it (depending on who’s blog you visit).
Legendary producers Missy Elliot and Timbaland are also rumored to be unimpressed with Drake creating anything with Aaliyah’s sound and not including them –or something like that, don’t quote me. And in an attempt to clear up all the rumors, they’ve releaed a joint statement, which you know I have below.
Lopez says, “Missy Elliott has confirmed that she and producing partner Timbaland will not be participating in the upcoming posthumous album of R&B songstress Aaliyah:”
“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”, says Mona Scott-Young, longtime manager for Missy Elliott, “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.”
Says Missy Elliott, “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.”
So there you go. Personally I’m down with make music not war. Aaliyah doesn’t belong to one person or one company. A new album with all collaborators would be ideal. But its clear we shouldn’t hold our breath.
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