By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Rapper Drake got mixed reactions would he confirmed he was working on releasing new music from Aaliyah and not everyone was happy to hear Drake’s vocals mixed in with unreleased Aaliyah tracks.
Even producer Timbaland called out Drake for working on the new project without any assistance from him and Missy Elliott, and some of Aaliyah’s own family members stated on social media that they did not support the album.
It now appears all of the criticism and backlash has led to the project being scrapped for good this time.
The producer Noah “40” Shebib tells Vibe:
“The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it. That was a very sad experience for me. I was naïve to the politics surrounding Aaliyah’s legacy and a bit ignorant to Timbaland’s relationship and everybody else involved and how they’d feel. Tim said to me, ‘Don’t stop, make the album.’ I think that was Tim taking the position of, ‘I’m not going to stop you. If you’re not going to do it, that’s your decision.’ But ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t like the stigma.
“I was seven songs deep. [Aaliyah’s] mother saying, ‘I don’t want this out’ was enough for me. I walked away very quickly.”