You'd think even after 11 years someone has left us that their legacy will be put to rest.
This shit is just getting more and more messy. It's been confirmed that the people that shaped and created Aaliyah's sound and career - Timbaland and Missy Elliott won't even be featured on Aaliyah's upcoming posthumous album. Crazy right?
Okay. The record label, Drake and everyone else officially involved in this have lost their damn minds.
Last week Missy tweeted that no one had told her about an Aaliyah album, a couple days after Drake released a new song featuring the late singer's un-released music. Drake who has had no sort of relationship with Aaliyah whilst she was alive, was also announced as the 'executive producer' of the album last week, really?
The record label Aaliyah was signed to 'Blackground', which was established by her Uncle, Barry Hankerson, are apparently planning on releasing un-released Aaliyah music. Still unconfirmed, using the money they make from this album to save the record label and for his artist JoJo. Appalling. But they can never release that as a statement, no matter how polished they try and make it seem.
Mona Scott-Young, Missy Elliott's manager and creator of reality TV show 'Love and Hip Hop' released an official press release to Billboard earlier on today, stating:
“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. 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.”
“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.”
Personally, they should just SCRAP the whole thing. As a big Aaliyah fan, I just feel like they're messing with the singer's un-released music and using the money for their pockets and not for her name or legacy. How self-centered and selfish of these people.
As much as I would LOVEEEEE to hear un-released/new Aaliyah music, I feel that it should be done the RIGHT way and out of love and respect and for the fans.
Hopefully, they'll hear the cry of the people and not continue with the album. And if they choose to continue with this production, then boy... No nice words for them from me.