Another day, another update about Aaliyah’s posthumous album. Contrary to what Blackground Records boss and Aaliyah’s cousin Jomo Hankerson recently told Billbord.biz about the fact that Missy Elliott and Timbaland would definitely be involved in the project, a rep for Elliot has refuted Hankerson’s claim.
“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,” Mona Scott-Young, longtime manager for Missy Elliott, said in a press release obtained by Billboard. “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.” Missy also added a few of her own words on the subject, via the release.
“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.”
Although the first single off the proposed posthumous album has been well-received by fans, they have also been vocal about the necessity for Timb and Missy’s involvement, a sentiment which Timbaland supported, given his commentary on the subject during an April interview with New York’s Power 105.
“I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if he do it, it should be with me and Missy,” Timbo said, referring to reports that Drake was manning the project. “The proper way for him to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record. The best decision, what the fans would want to see is all three of us. It can’t be something to make money off of ’cause I think it’s wrong to make money off the dead.”