It’s been about a decade since the tragic death of Aaliyah on that small plane in the Bahamas, but one of her biggest fans (Drake) is keeping her memory alive. There’s been several rumors about Drake working on an album with un-released tracks from Aaliyah and he recently confirmed that this is true. In an interview with Much Music conducted backstage at the OVO Fest this weekend, Drake confirmed that he is working on an Aaliyah album with his producer Noah ’40′ Shebib, the project will be released this year and he’s hoping to get everyone that was essential to her career involved (including Missy and Timberland). It is still un-clear if her family is in full support of the album, her family owned record label seems to be behind it, but her brother may be against it? Here’s what Drake had to say about the project:
People should be excited [about the new single]. It’s all off of an Aaliyah project that me and 40 are commanding and 40 is just doing some incredible incredible music right now. To get 13-14 new Aaliyah songs …. everybody should be excited.
Listen to the first single off of the album Aaliyah featuring Drake “Enough Said”
It’s not about me, and it’s not about 40, it’s really about her and her fans…and us just getting an opportunity to give you something that we feel is great. And you know, the people around her, everybody from her family to her old management and label, were just like, ‘If there’s anybody out who can do it right now, it’s you and 40.‘ And it was an honor to pull in some classic people, like anybody who used to work with Aaliyah that was essential in her career, we hope to have them involved. So it’s great to have a new Aaliyah album this year on top of everything.
In conflicting news, Aaliyah’s brother Rashad, went on her facebook page yesterday and claimed there is no Aaliyah album in the works that is endorsed by her family.
“there is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family.” -Rashad Haughton (regarding upcoming album release rumors)
That’s confusing since her label’s logo (ran by her uncle Barry Hankerson) was included on the official artwork that was released. That track was definitely endorsed by the label. This could have all been Rashad’s way of saying that the project (which may be in production) is not supported by her immediate family.
Over on Miss Info, a solid source told her that the posthumous project is in the works and Timbaland is producing at least two songs.
On her facebook, Aaliyah’s brother also shut down rumors of a biopic in production by first posing the question, ‘Biopic Yes or No?’ and then posting,
“No female I’ve seen can play my sister.” -Rashad
I’m not sure what’s going on, but It sounds like Drake is coming from a good place. He is a true Aaliyah fan, but it’s shaky ground when you’re dealing with the legacy of someone who was so loved. The song was good, but it still feels like Missy and Timbaland were missing from the music. Close, but not authentically Aaliyah. I don’t know? What do you think?