Missy Elliott Had ‘No Clue’ About Aaliyah Album

Missy Elliott and Aaliyah

Missy Elliott and Timbaland have become synonymous with Aaliyah’s music. So it came as a surprise when Missy revealed that she did not even know that a posthumous album was in the works.

When asked about her participation in the polarizing project, the “Get Ur Freak On” rapper told one fan that she was in the dark. “I had no clue there was one no 1 told me,” she tweeted.

This is contrary to a report issued earlier this week from Jomo Hankerson, an executive at Aaliyah’s label Blackground Records. “I can tell you that Timbaland will definitely be involved, Missy will definitely be involved,” Hankerson told Billboard.biz. “One of the records that we had that was never released was a Missy record that we obviously are going to be refreshing.”

It was also confirmed by Blackground that Drake and Noah “40” Shebib would executive produce the album. They plan to call on “contemporary artists” for the 13 to 14 new records, due by the end of this year.

In an interview with MuchMusic, Drake shared his desire to get others involved. “We’re gonna pull in some classic people, like anybody who used to work with Aaliyah or that was essential in her career, we definitely hope to have them involved,” he said.

The first offering from the album, the Drake-assisted “Enough Said,” was released last week to mixed reviews. It incited outrage from Aaliyah fans, who felt Missy and Timbaland should have been involved.

Timbaland weighed in with his thoughts. “The proper way for him to do that would be for me, him, and Missy to be all on the record,” he previously told Power 105.1.

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129 Comments

  1. Mx

    Just a mess tbh.

    Drake just seems like a creep.

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    Magik Reply:

    @Mx, I agree 100% Nobody should be touching any music to do with Aaliyah. I’m sorry but it’s just wrong for a rapper like Drake who is still pretty new to the bizness and think he can start messing with passed Legends.

    Needs to sit down and leave it alone. and the fact that Timbo and Missy aint got a clue then that says it all, they have went about it completely the wrong way.

    Shouldnt even be a thing in the first place.

    Just a HUGE mess.

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    Dro Reply:

    @Mx, Co-sign. Aaliyah’s uncle Jomo looks a lil money hungry right now. SMH.

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Mx, Ok, so Drake is starting to piss me off with his lies. I think he just did a little song, and then started talking crap, and NOW they’re trying to get the details together. He is such a little BITCH, always opening in his big mouth!.

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    JussSaying Reply:

    @Mx,
    A HOOOOOOOOOT MESS. How this project is being handled.
    First, Aaliyahs cousin and her label say
    “Drake is NOT the executive producer”
    2 hours later
    “Drake will be the executive producer, we retract our last statement”

    Second, “Timbaland and Missy will be definitely be involved”
    Hours later
    “I had no clue there was 1. No one told me..”

    So Blackground hasn’t even had the decency to hit up Timbaland and Missy and tell them “We want you to be involved in this project”

    This project is being handled REALLY messy. Supposed to be all about Baby Girl and her music and new projects but instead is overshadowed by lies and incompetent idiots.

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    Pure Reply:

    @Mx,
    I think the prime reason people ‘prefer’ Timbaland & Missy over others (Drake & 4o) is becuas ethe vocals & material that she laid was Aaliyah’s style circa 2001 & back & the people who understood that Aaliyah musically WAS Timbaland & Missy. I also feel like they should mesh a duest with her & the late Static Major, seeing as though he wrote her last hits “Rock The Boat”, “More Than A Woman” & more. That would be nice. I’m not blaming this craziness on Drake, he doesn’t own rights or can make a decision on anything. I Blame that on her uncle Barry Hankerson & his Blackground whose in charge of Aaliyahs music. I’m not even against Drake & 40 helping with some of the music, I just want it to be a nice project, no drama & Aaliyah’s legacy done right.

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  2. p

    why are people blaming Drake? he never said Missy and Timb agreed to be apart of it. He said he and 40 would pull people she worked with and get them to help with the album… therefore, meaning nobody had yet been asked. Her label & cousin confirmed to Billboard that Timb and Missy agreed so why don’t people blame them instead?

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    BrunoBruno Reply:

    @p, i wanted to say everything you just said but i couldnt be arsed to type out and explain to these idiots

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    INCAS Reply:

    @BrunoBruno, yessss

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    JussSaying Reply:

    @p,
    Your a retard. There has been NO report that Missy and Timbaland AGREED.
    The label said “Missy and Timbaland will be involved.”
    Meaning they will be asked… but YET havent been asked and is not guaranteed that they WILL be asked.
    Missy said alot in those few words. No one has had the decency to hit HER up even though all these claims and reports are going around.

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    AmbeRussell Reply:

    @p, Bc drake, at the end of the day, should not be in control of an Aaliyah album. He never met her, knew her, worked with her, etc. He wad just a fan.

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  3. yella

    “ain’t never told no lie, that’s a thing i don’t do” MY ASS !!!

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  4. Dubois_

    Drake really just needs to shut up about the project already.. he has been the main one talking and leaking false info about his part etc.. like he the mastermind behind it.. bottom please lol

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Dubois_, Ok, so Drake is starting to piss me off with his lies. I think he just did a little song, and then started talking crap, and NOW they’re trying to get the details together. He is such a little BITCH, always opening in his big mouth!.

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    Rasan8250 Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Oh my God so proud of you!!! You said something that made sense. Keep it up babe!!!!!

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    Truth Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, wow!! U said something I agree wit!

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    NEUTRON Reply:

    @Dubois_, but he’s Executive Producing the album. That makes you the over seer and overall in charge of the project.

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  5. James

    This is disgusting! Drake needs to fall back.

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  6. cmd

    Drake’s a creep. Only Timbo and Missy should be involved.

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    Get Money B!tch Reply:

    @cmd, Drake is not the creep here, Timbaland is cus he wasn’t even thinking about no Aaliyah album until Drake decided to do one. And can somebody explain to me how Timbaland knew about the album and didn’t tell his dear friend Missy? that seems a lil fishy to me. And for the record Timbaland nor Missy owns Aaliyah or her music so they don’t necessarily have to be involved.

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  7. Miles

    Can some please explain to me how Drake is a creep. I’m not understanding?

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    Aaron Reply:

    @Miles, Hes obsessed with Aaliyah, he got the tattoo and now the album, when he never even met her or knew her or anything!

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    Miles Reply:

    @Aaron, I have friends who got tattoos of Biggie, Tupac. My Uncle got a tattoo of Whitney Houston when she died. HOw does it make him a creep for embracing an artist who he looked up to. I gurantee he wouldn’t have a tattoo of her if she was living. He acts no than Chris Brown and Usher with their love for Michael Jackson. The only difference is that Aaliyah was female, a beautiful one at that, and what man wouldn’t acknowledge that

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    sovereignrayne Reply:

    @Miles, preach.

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    ... Reply:

    @Miles, I’m sorry getting a tattoo of someone you never met or a family member is weird. Plus Drake wrote a letter to Aaliyah’ spirit expressing his admiration for her. Then he announces he’s doing an album of her unreleased music without getting her immediate family’s approval or talking to Missy & Timbaland first. All this for someone who never even knew he exsisted. That’s not being a fan, that’s being obsessive.

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    Jstamir Reply:

    @…, To Aaliyah’s spirit ????? are I Serius man ??! I hope he didn’t expect any letter back

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    Charles Reply:

    @…, That’s unfair. It’s not “weird” to pay homage to someone who was adored by masses and who a person greatly admired.

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    ... Reply:

    @Charles, I’m an Aaliyah fan. I’ve been a fan since her first album but I wouldn’t get her face tattooed on my body. I listen to her music and read interesting articles about her like normal fans do. Getting large tats, writing letters, & trying to recreate her music as my own is beyond normal. That song Drake made and this album doesnt seem like it’s about paying “homage”. Like most true Aaliyah fans I feel it’s disrespectful & self-serving.

    Miles Reply:

    @…, 1. The letter isn’t creepy at all. He stated that he believes that he owes his entire career to Aaliyah because she was his bulk Inspiration. The letter is only symbolic. Since he never got to meet her and never got the chance to thank her for her inspiration he wrote a symbolic letter to her.
    2. Music is powerful. You don’t know what could have been going on with his life. Her music could have been imspirational to him outside of music. Any fan of Drake’s would know that there were times in his life where he was in danger of being homeless,, and his mother also has cancer. He may keep Aaliyah’s music close to heart because it may have got him through difficult times. For Exp. Her song Try Again could have been inspiration for him to keep going on with his career when things looked dim.

    3. Aaliyah’s uncle is the one who put the album in motion and approached Drake about it. What musician would turn that opportunity down. And it was her couse who said Timbaland and Missy Elliot on the album. Drake said he was TRYING to get them on board.

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    ... Reply:

    @Miles,
    1) So you regularly write letters to deceased human beings you’ve never actually met telling them how much you love them and wish you got the chance to me them? Most artists list their inspirations in the thank yous in their album booklets or shout them out in interviews. They don’t write letters to them and then release it to the public. That’s why I said its not normal because people don’t do that. Thus weird…

    2) Obviously her music touched him, but again most artists cover their inspirations songs or sample their music. They don’t get large tattoos of them or e-mail their spirits. Again weird…

    3) if Drake really cared about Aaliyah and her fans he would have gotten Missy and Timberland signed on BEFORE he announced he was making a new Aaliyah album. Drake didn’t refer to Missy or Timbaland until after the song came out and Aaliyah fans got pissed. He didn’t have them on board from the beginning because he wanted it to be about HIM and not about Aaliyah. Any die hard Aaliyah fan knows that Tim, Missy, and her brother Rashad were some of the closest people in her life but yet NONE of them played any part in the planning of this album? Drake and Barry went about this all wrong.

    John Doe Reply:

    @Miles, It’s creepy.

    Miles Reply:

    @…, 1.) Nothing is creepy about that if you choose to do so. Its actually very touching rather than creepy

    2.) I know a lot of people who have tattoos of dead icons who inspired them. so are they creeps too?

    3.) the interview where he said he was trying to get them on board was tooken like within the hour he released the song, right after he got off stage at OVO. He wasn’t the one who came up with the idea for the album, he just doing his part. And even if Timbaland and Missy Elliot aren’t on the cd, who really cares. If your feelings are that hurt for them not being on there don’t listen. You still got your own Aaliyah music. Posthumous cds usually aren’t that great regardless of who works on it.

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    ... Reply:

    @Miles,
    That letter is creepy. You cant defend it. That face tat is excessive. Yes, no matter who does it. If it’s not a family member or a close friend then putting a face tat on you is weird. I could see inspirational lyrics but a LARGE FACE of someone you never met? Yes, weird. And Drake is the “executive producer” of the album so he has creative control and oversees the entire project. So he’s responsible. Clearly Aaliyah FANS care that Missy and Tim aren’t on the album since they will be the ones who support it. And if you think the album won’t be good regardless then why do YOU care if you’re not even checking for it?

    Miles Reply:

    @…, W/e, nothing about that is creepy regardless of what you say. And i guess you didn’t get the memo when it was said that Drake is the “Co-Executive Producer” and that Aaliyah’s Uncle is the Executive Producer. I will buy the album because I like Aaliyah, but I don’t care how it sounds. Posthumous albums usually aren’t that good because the actual artist can not put their input on what direction they want the album to go in. And I could care less who produce it. Timbaland and Missy Elliot were NEW when they worked with Aaliyah, but people cut 40 and Drake short because they are new now. They are great musicians as well, And will probally do a fair job as well.

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    Kyle Reply:

    @Miles, You don’t know what your taking about. When drake first announced the album he said he was executive producing the album. It wasn’t until after Aaliyah fans on twitter blasted him for not including missy and Timbaland that he and Blackground said he’s just “co-executive producer”. Even though for months he’s been bragging that HE was putting together the entire album. The the basement team was never involved. He & Blackground tried to cover their ass cause anybody who is really looking forward to a new Aaliyah album wouldn’t want to hear it without missy and Timbaland involved. It’s clear you are only a bandwagon fan who’s only into aaliyah because drake’s obsessed with her. Which is the problem. People who don’t know anything about Aaliyah trying to define her legacy.

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    @Miles, It’s not they’re new. It’s that they didn’t know or work with her. Since she’s not here to give her input on the album, it should be handled by musicians who actually worked with her and really understand her style. Drake and 40 are going to make a drake album with Aaliyah vocals. That’s not what Aaliyah fans want. And first you said it doesn’t matter who produces it because it probably won’t be good and then you said drake and 40 would do a “fair” job. If you’re going to try and resurrect an artist who had a very distinct sound and style who still has a lot of supportive fans, “fair” should not be acceptable. Which is probably why they shouldn’t do it all. We have plenty of great Aaliyah music already that SHE actually played a role in. Let it be.

    Mohamed Reply:

    @Miles, You’re right bro. There’s nothing else you can or should say to these people. There’s no end in sight — they’re all Drake haters just talking in circles.

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    @Mohamed who are these people? I’m the only one who’s been replying to him and I’ve been very consistent. Miles is the one who first said he didn’t care who produces it because it’s not going to be any good regardless then says argues drake and 40 would do better than missy & Tim (which is ridiculous). That’s talking in circles.

    And I have no problem with drake as a musician, I have a problem with him being in charge of this album without reaching out to Tim & Missy. That would be the case if ANYBODY else had done the same thing. I think most Aaliyah FANS would agree. Sorry if that bothers you Drake fans but it’s the truth.

    Janisha Reply:

    @Miles, Chris brown don’t have a tattoo of MJ SOhow can u compare that to Drake obsession with Aaliyah? ???

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    Miles Reply:

    @Janisha, Chris Broen is far worse than a creep for normerous other reasons

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    The World Reply:

    @Miles, It’s obvious that Drake is a Aaliyah stan. I agree with you I don’t think it’s creepy it’s just that fact that it’s Drake. But Im pretty sure Stan’s do these things all the time.

    Get Money B!tch Reply:

    @Miles, CHURCH!

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    sovereignrayne Reply:

    @Aaron, im pretty sure you like an artist that was before your time… artists seem to build a connection with their fans and it’s all thanks to the music. we cannot fault drake for wanting to pursue a chapter in his career by taking something that so many other people have failed at and connect with her on a level that im pretty sure seldom people can relate to,, that’s his career, not aaliyah’s. And what if worse comes to it,, and the album sucks (like mj’s bad 25′th anniv. album,, have you heard that snippet with pitbull?! compare that to “enough said” and tell me drake isn’t doing something right. i’ll call you a liar) who will be to blame doe ?? not aaliyah. we all will forget that it even happened and continue to listen to what SHE gave us. so really,, what does it matter that drake, noah “40″ sha-blah-blah, tim, missy, or whoever wants to destroy their career behind an idol ? we all know she did it the best, and if it don’t sound right, we (or i, because people don’t know how to keep opinions that don’t matter to themselves) will skip to the next track. its all perfectly fine to me,, just as long as i get to enjoy a bit of my homegurl beeding through my speakers once more.
    p.s. – i can honestly say since pitbull f**ked up that mj track,, it makes me want to listen to mj even more. i bet if this aaliyah album isn’t what the people want,, they’d do the same.

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    say what Reply:

    @Miles, you slayed. There’s nothing creepy about Drake and his admiration for aaliyah. If this were 2pac or another dead male celebrity, nobody would say shit about drake’s love for them.

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    Miles Reply:

    @say what, THANK YOU!! :)

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    Kyle Reply:

    @Miles, You’re a controversial character at times, man, but you’re dead on with this one. These people are reaching.

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    ... Reply:

    @say what, that would be worse. If he wrote emotional letters to and had tattoos of dead MALE celebrities’ faces he never meet that would be beyond just creepy…

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    Miles Reply:

    @…, I’m stand by my statement. Post Humonous albums are usually nothing special. When I said that Drake and 40 will do a fair job I’m saying that I beliueve they will do just as good a job as Timbaland & MIlssy Elliot. There is only so much they can do.

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    ... Reply:

    @Miles, You really believe someone who never worked with her or knew her personally could do just as good as the people who were in the studio with her, toured with her, & helped create her signature sound? really?

    “there is only so much they can do”- exact reason why they SHOULDN’T do it. Let the music that SHE made speak for itself instead of trying to recreate something that THEY want, not her.

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    batman Reply:

    @…, no its not cool why would someone who never met Aaliyah get all her records and is in full control over her songs???? Thats like Michael Jackson he has a lot of unreleased music so his label gives all those songs to Chris Brown or Justin Bieber thats how it feels to Aaliyah fans ya’ll who are saying “Oh its good” are Drake fans. Yeah its good to make new futuristic material but they don’t know the sound that she’s into if you listen to ‘Enough Said’ Drakes cusses up and down on that song Aaliyah doesn’t cuss all up on her songs!!!

    Miles Reply:

    @…, I’m not a huge Aaliyah fan but I do own a few of her albums and I do know that her career didnt begin and end with Missy Elliot nd Timbaland. The only bulk of work they was on was One In A Million. Her last album only had like 2 Timbaland tracks. Missy Elliot is easily one of the best female rappers of all time, but Timbaland is no legendary producer. The only great things he did were his stuff with Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Missy Elliot. Every thing else he did wasn’t anything really above average. Not even his things with Justin Timberlake. And Shock Values were awful. Plus Timbaland is waaay past his prime. Currently 40 is a way better producer. Plus it would be nice to hear her vocals on a fresh producers beats rather than a washed out producer. I’m pretty sure a couple of Timbaland tracks would be fine, but not a whole body of work. But regardless it’s posthumous, none of this really matters

    Miles Reply:

    @…, Timbaland is relevant but other than is old stuff nothing he produced for those artist you mentioned. Just because you produced for alot of people dnt mean your a legend. Legends are producers like Quincy Jones, Dr.Dre, RZA, Pharrell, Flying Locus, The Alchemist Heavy D, Kanye ect.
    And 40 has produced
    Alicia Keys- Unthinkable
    Jamie Foxx – Fall For Your Type
    Usher – What Have You Done
    Nas – Bye Baby
    But Timbaland has been out for over 15 years, 40 has been out 3, so why would u ask me what else he produced for other artist. When Timbaland came out he mostly produced for Aaliyah, Missy Elliot and Ginwine, like how 40 mostly produces for Drake. So your have no point with that.

    anonymous Reply:

    @…, I COULDNT AGREE MORE!!!!!

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    @miles, I said look what he did after he became mainstream which was in 1996. That’s when he became a brand. His credits took off after that. Plus you have to look at how R&B/hip hop production sounded before Timbaland and after Timbaland. Before Tim the dominant sound in urban music was the new jack swing style. After Aaliyah dropped One In A Million featuring Tim’s production, the entire landscape of urban music changed. The dominant sound became his synocopated synthesized keyboard style which led to the emergence of other super-producers like The Neptunes & Swizz Beatz style becoming sought after. If you are directly responsible for changing the sound of an entire genre of music how are you not a legend? As a producer it would seem you would celebrate the idea of your signature style directly influencing the dominant sound of a generation. Like Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, & Kanye West, that’s what Timbaland did to R&B and Hip Hop music in the late 1990′s and the early 2000′s.

    batman Reply:

    @Miles, And just to let some of you idiots know Aaliyah, Timbaland, Missy have been working together on a lot of tracks if you listen to a lot of songs Missy and Aaliyah’s voice are on different artists songs at the same time. The wrote together for different artists.

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    batman Reply:

    @batman, Look up ‘Make It Hot’ by Nicole Wray Missy and Aaliyah

    ... Reply:

    @Miles, you do realize almost ALL of Aaliyah’s biggest hits 1996-2001 were produced by Timbaland? Including two of her biggest hits from her last album (We Need A Resolution, More Than A Women). I don’t think you understand the relationship between Aaliyah, Missy, & Timbaland. There werent just music collaborators. They were extremely close. They presented themselves as a crew like YMCMB, MMG, or GOOD music. It was more than just the music. Aaliyah put Tim & Missy on the map. And Tim & Missy gave Aaliyah a signature sound that separated her from the other young female singers at the time. They owed a lot of their success to each other. So even if they didn’t do every song together, they along with Ginuwine, Playa, & Magoo were like a family.

    And to say Timbaland isn’t a legend shows how young you are cause he made hits for Jay-Z, Ludacris, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and many others. And he recently worked with Chris Brown, Drake, Keri Hilson, & Demi Lovato. He’s still very much relevant.

    ... Reply:

    And for the record, please tell what other hits has 40 made that DIDN’T involve Drake or YMCMB? You can’t even begin to compare 40′s hit list with Tim’s.

    batman Reply:

    @… WELL F*CKIN SAID!!!!

    Miles Reply:

    @…, Timbaland is relevant but other than is old stuff nothing he produced for those artist you mentioned. Just because you produced for alot of people dnt mean your a legend. Legends are producers like Quincy Jones, Dr.Dre, RZA, Pharrell, Flying Locus, The Alchemist Heavy D, Kanye ect.
    And 40 has produced
    Alicia Keys- Unthinkable
    Jamie Foxx – Fall For Your Type
    Usher – What Have You Done
    Nas – Bye Baby
    But Timbaland has been out for over 15 years, 40 has been out 3, so why would u ask me what else he produced for other artist. When Timbaland came out he mostly produced for Aaliyah, Missy Elliot and Ginwine, like how 40 mostly produces for Drake. So your have no point with that.

    ... Reply:

    @miles, you’re the one who said 40 is better producer than Timbaland. So if you make that claim then you should be able to back it up with stats. You named 3 songs (one of which involved Drake). While three years into Timbaland career in the mainstream he worked with plenty of people outside of his crew. You need to go look at Timbaland’s credits. He’s worked with way more artists than just Aaliyah, Missy, and Ginuwine. He was one the hottest producers in music for about a decade and is still working with top artists now. So my point that Tim is a legendary producer who is STILL relevant stands.

    Miles Reply:

    @…, Relevance and appearances doesn’t equal to legendary. LIl Wayne is featured in nearly everyones songs, does that make him a legend too? and I looked up the stats like you asked me to. TImbalands 1st production credit was in 1991, and he didn’t get major credit until ;ike 1994. and didn’t become Big till like 1996. And Currently 40 is a better producer. He had some good production in the 90s, but even though he is still relevant his new stuff sucks. I produce and I can say my production is probally better than his.

  8. Noiseless

    Can we let the girl rest?? Please just let her rest in peace. Stop trying to make money off her come on man

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  9. plastic

    Missy gerl keep your head out of va jayjays and you would know what’s goin on in the world by the way nicki snatch yo wig n crown eat the pussy don’t let it eat you . Irrelevant

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  10. ?

    Clearly, Drake & the people at Blackground didn’t tell the truth about Timbo & Missy being originally involved. At this point this album is going to be all about this controversy and not about Aaliyah. Her fans are upset. Her brother doesn’t support it. And her two biggest musical collaborators aren’t involved. They just need to cut the whole project and leave her legacy alone.

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    Frankie Reply:

    @?, Rashad rarely supports ANYTHING. When asked about a biopic, he always gives the same, curt reply, “No female I’ve seen can play my sister.” Well damn.

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    poe Reply:

    @Frankie, lol right…Rashad has always been a shady queen

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    Kyle Reply:

    @poe, So he’s shady because he doesn’t want to see his only sister’s legacy get fucked up?

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    Trace Reply:

    @poe, Preach! AND — that remark was just nasty and bitter as hell. Idk what the hell’s wrong with him. There was a better way to phrase it. What if Katherine Jackson had said “I don’t think there’s any child actors out there who can play my children.” What then?

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  11. sovereignrayne

    does anyone else notice that the person that missy replied to on twitter has a sn that is dangerously close to sounding like “bengay” ? lmao

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  12. NuBLOSSOM

    Uh oh.

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  13. Morgan

    Aaliyah was a great singer, a budding actress and a great dancer. She had wonderful songs, was beautiful and had a beautiful personality, it appeared. Icon, YES. Legend, UHH…okay. And these “Drake is a creep” comments have to go. People would be raising hell just the same if it wasn’t him or J. Cole or Big Sean or any other rapper had come out with an announcement like this because “They’re so new to the game and they didn’t know her.” And, for the love of God, there is nothing wrong with getting a tattoo of someone you didn’t know. Aaliyah wasn’t just some girl down the street that suddenly passed away, she was tragically killed but before that she influenced many and touched many more with her music. Him getting a tattoo of her isn’t hurting anyone and I can assure you Drake isn’t the only person — celeb or not — with some Aaliyah ink.

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  14. SMH at your life

    Someone is lying and I think it’s Drake.

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  15. Kyle

    The only way that I would be excited for a new Aaliyah album would be if Timbaland and Missy were involved from the get-go. And judging from all these reports, they clearly were not. This whole things seems like a HOT MESS. I give Drake credit for trying to release some new Aaliyah material but I feel like he should’ve approached Missy and Tim before he did ANYTHING.

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  16. Yasmine

    For every 100 people elated for a posthumous release, ladies & gents, I present to you tonight’s opening guests : The Crab Niggas.

    For the starting routines of tonight’s minstrel show –

    “Drake needs to sit down.”
    “He’s a mot mess.”
    “He’s creepy AF.”
    “He didn’t even know her.”

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  17. DrakeTakeCare

    drake would never lie and everybody know that!!!!
    otherwise why y’all hating when this post has nothing to do with him?? stupid monkeys, silly as hell!

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    Bitches Be Trippin Reply:

    @DrakeTakeCare, Nobody likes a dick rider.

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  18. Natalie

    Can we just let her rest, please? I mean I love her but just let her rest, I would love new music from this beautiful angel but I mean all this controversy isn’t needed — however Drake isn’t a creep. He isn’t the only celeb with a Aaliyah tattoo (Yung Berg) and many other people get tattoos of famous people… He’s just loves her like all her fans

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  19. Miles

    Aaliyah’s cousin is the one who said “Timbaland and Missy Elliot are DEFFInantly Involved”. All Drake said is “We are TRYING to get the people she worked with invovled”

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    Ice Reply:

    @Miles, Thank you

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  20. Kenyon Green

    Now that’s F-Up!

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  21. flawda

    Blackground Record must be desperate for a hit, to do some nonsense like this. They should be more worried about marketing JOJO and move on into the future.

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    anonymous Reply:

    @flawda, WORD, Cause they’re def. not giving her the platform she deserves.

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  22. IV.

    Why everybody mad at Drake tho? He never mentioned names. Y’all sound mad as fuck.

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  23. yooo

    It’s all Barry Hankerson. Aaliyah’s Uncle Barry is also the reason why JoJo’s album has been pushed back more than Naomi’s hairline. He runs blackground records, the same label Toni Braxton had trouble with (2 sides 2 a story cause shes a HORRIBLE businesswoman). He’s been corrupt since day 1, and if you don’t believe me please google an interview that Ginuwine did describing the fall out between him and baby girl. It was all about management (Barry). It’s sad he left Drake in charge of the project, who 2 me is limited with his music ability, along with 40, thats why a lot of their music sounds the same. Missy and Tim brought Aaliyah’s career to light after the scandal w R. Kelly; they BUILT Blackground records with their production and writing skills. This whole project sounds bogus AND I WILL NOT SUPPORT UNTIL THE SUPERFRIENDS ARE ALL BACK TOGETHER (NOW THATS OLD SKOOL B*TCHES)!

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    Kalin Reply:

    @yooo, I’m CRYING about to the Naomi’s hairline jab. CRYING.

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    yooo Reply:

    @Kalin, LMAO

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    Unk Reply:

    @yooo, Thank you for that so I can post about miles who says Tim and missy aren’t relevant they are very much relevant even today’s best producers say they are inspired by him he is legendary changed the sound of radio several times always biting his old styles of production I hope the pop stuff goes away but he is still a genius he knew pop would rule the industry back in 2003 why still trying to do hip hop and r&b he has evolved with the times just like Kanye, just blaze, neptunes and all the other great ones do and very nicely I might add your favorite rapper/singer would still love to rap/sing over a timbo beat drake and 40 got work to do oh and 40 better not reconstruct Tim’s beats either lol

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    Pure Reply:

    @yooo,
    Yasssss!

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  24. jamie

    Bottom line is Drake just needs to have a seat. He has no right. Him producing anyone’s project besides his own makes no sense!

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  25. say what

    I’m an aaliyah fan and I really don’t care if tim and missy are on the new album or not. They didn’t discover aaliyah, she was not on their labels, she signed no contracts with them. Tim only produced 3 tracks and missy only wrote one song on her last album and she had a debut album that was fire without them. So I don’t understand why people want to act as if Tim and Missy are the end all, be all to Aaliyah and her music. Tim wasn’t produced anything hot since Timberlake’s FS/LS anyway. Who gives a shit if he’s on this new record…?

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    say what Reply:

    @say what, *hasn’t produced

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    Will Reply:

    @say what, Completely agree. I think if Aaliyah was alive she would be working with other producers anyway. Music must evolve and i think Aaliyah would be going for a whole new sound. Tim and Missy were very essential in Aaliyahs success especially Timbaland and Static Major who wrote most of Aaliyahs hit records who had passed away.

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  26. Will

    People need to stop blaming this on Drake. Blackground records is the label that will be releasing the album and that label is run by Aaliyahs uncle Barry Hankerson and her cousin Jomo Hankerson. 40 has been producing for Jojo who is signed to Blackground and Drake has worked with her also that is where the connection comes in so it only makes sense that Drake and the label had discussions about the project a while back. Aaliyahs label should be the ones informing Timbo and Missy about the project since there the ones who will be releasing it. So dont put all this blame on Drake.

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    Axam Reply:

    @Will, THANK YOU…I have never seen so much criticism!

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    Will Reply:

    @Axam, and also Timbaland and Missy have been working on there new albums so its probobly very time consuming for them. It would be a lot of pressure to deliver a posthumous Aaliyah album and also since its still hard because shes no longer around. 40 has more time to dedicate to the project and more of a direction so that can only be a great thing since hes still trying to make a name for himself as a producer.

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    batman Reply:

    @Will, no its not cool why would someone who never met Aaliyah get all her records and is in full control over her songs???? Thats like Michael Jackson he has a lot of unreleased music so his label gives all those songs to Chris Brown or Justin Bieber thats how it feels to Aaliyah fans ya’ll who are saying “Oh its good” are Drake fans. Yeah its good to make new futuristic material but they don’t know the sound that she’s into if you listen to ‘Enough Said’ Drakes cusses up and down on that song Aaliyah doesn’t cuss all up on her songs

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    Just sayin Reply:

    @batman, I guess the song with DMV doesn’t count with the whole cussing thing???

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    Just sayin Reply:

    @Just sayin, Dmx*

  27. Deidre

    As a diehard Aaliyah fan, I have been praying for YEARS after her untimely passing that Timbaland and Missy would work and an agreement could be reached for a posthumous album. But now that Drake’s name is in the picture, bitches wanna come all sideways after Timbo and Missy had forever and a day to spearhead a project.

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    ... Reply:

    @Deidre, Timberland said in an interview that he’s wanted to do an Aaliyah album for a long time, but since he doesn’t have control over her masters or music rights he couldn’t do it without the consent of her record label which never approved of a project until now. It’s weird that when the label finally decided to do a new album they didn’t even reach out to Tim or Missy. You can’t blame Timbaland and Missy for not being asked to be involved. That’s all on the label and the executive producers.

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  28. Truth Be Told

    Anybody that knows how the industry works should know that its the record labels responsibility especially in a situation like this to confront the people who worked with Aaliyah before for a project of this magnitude. It does not fall all on Drake. Drake is the one who pitched an idea and talks it over with the label then if they green light it the label gets in touch with artists to be involved in it. Honestly Drake gets the credit for even being able to get this project to happen because nobody else was doing shit about it. Its been almost 11 years now its long overdue.

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  29. Theirthedevilschildren

    Drake is the scum of the earth, he totally disrespected every member of the Haughton family and had no consideration as to how this would make them, her mentors Missy & Timbaland, or her fans feel. I stated tis on the last post and I will definitely state the facts again that he needs to let us remember the Aaliyah we had before the grave and not the hocus pocus Aaliyah he is trying to pull out with his disrespectful production. Blackground records doesn’t make money anymore and this is just another plot by themselves and Drake to conjure up some money

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  30. lol

    its obvious ppl are trying to make money off of aaliyah and the ppl that actually love her are being left in the dark

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  31. Oh Snap Navuy21

    She must had been Suprise by it or Timbaland may had Call Missy to let her Know That Their is involved in doing an Aaliyah Album.

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  32. joey

    i can only imagine what missy (and timbo) is feeling. i would be distraught if i heard second hand that my best friends legacy was trying to be pushed by someone who didnt know him (her). its just a fucked up situation, and in my head, i see this being released, with no contribution from missy or timbo (possibly a song or two) and thats it. the album being lack-luster, leaving nothing but a rift between drink and wmcmb and missy/timbo camp.

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  33. Just sayin

    I don’t get what people are bitching about.. All types of people been putting out tupac and biggie music and it’s never been considered creepy or a problem. I like Aaliyah, wouldn’t consider myself a huge mega fan but I’m getting a feeling people are outrage for the sake of being outraged, nothing is creepy about admiring a artist I see plenty of people with mj,tupac, biggie tattoos,sometimes music touches people more ways then you understand and I don’t see how anybody can tell him that’s wrong..Besides he clearly shows that he doesnt give a shyt.. He been doing this for a while now without giving a fck about folks calling him creepy

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  34. LilKIM4Ever

    FU** MISSY ELLIOT. She’s a has been. DRAKE NEEDS TO PUT LIL KIM ON THE ALBUM… that’s why missy didnt even kno about the album because she is WASHED. put kimmy the queen on a track.!

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    coMEaTmEbRO Reply:

    @LilKIM4Ever, You Nicki fans are so sad. smh.

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    LilKIM4Ever Reply:

    @coMEaTmEbRO, READ MY NAME BITC#!… i am not a nicki fan. that clone can suck my twat… TeamKimAllDayEveryDayHoe.

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    coMEaTmEbRO Reply:

    @LilKIM4Ever, Lol. Your a Nicki fan trying to pass off as a “Lil Kim fan”. No Kim fan would disrespect Missy.

    If you look on twitter you would see that Missy follows a shit load of “Lil Kim fan pages”.

    And not only that, but why would a Kim fan call Missy a “has been” knowing Kim hasn’t released a album in 7 years?

    And why would a Kim fan say “Drake needs to put Kim on the album” knowing Drake and Kim don’t even like each other? Lol!

    Keep trying!

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    FiyaFiya Reply:

    @coMEaTmEbRO, Moron. just because kimmy the queen loves missy, dont mean i have to… and just cuz she dissed drake dnt mean i have to hate him… ITS CALLED BEING YOURSELF. i get to like and dislike whoever i want. so, therefor… I dnt like missy or timbaland… and i only like drake at times. u kno why? because i can. & dnt talk negative about the queen. Her next album will be worth the wait.

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    LilKIM4Ever Reply:

    @FiyaFiya, You took the words out my mouth.

  35. Vega

    It doesn’t make sense that Missy and Timbaland aren’t working on the album. They were Aaliyah’s closest working partners, and for Drake it’s none of his business. If an Aaliyah fan wanted a true “homage” album, leave it to Missy and Timbaland. This is so messed up.

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  36. Credits

    Who does Noah Shebib think he is? YOUR NOT TIMBALAND.

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    Credits Reply:

    @Credits, *YOU’RE**

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  37. Arie

    While I agree with the people that said Aaliyah would probably be working with other Producer, I don’t think she would change her signature sound completely. Inconclusion alot of fans of Aaliyah do not like Drake’s sound because it does not represent who and what Aaliyah was about. Drake might be a big fan of Aaliyah’s music but he did not have those chats in studio with her to determine which direction to take and therefore does not know where her mindset was when she recorded those tracks.I can’t ignore the fact that the people who mattered to her the most were not notified until the was a backlash, as a label they have every right to explore new avenues with her music but they should hav considered her fans and twhat those relationships ment to them.

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    coMEaTmEbRO Reply:

    @Arie, YESSSSSSS!!!! THANK YOU!

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    cmd Reply:

    @Arie, exactly

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  38. Arie

    If you are looking in to keeping somebody’s legacy alive you need to look into all those avenues and understand that all those relationships helped in building her brand.I personally would have prefered if Tim and Missy were overseeing the project nd not neccesarily produce it so we can atleast get that Aaliyah vibe.

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  39. IV.

    Aaliyah died in 2001 who the fuck knows what her sound would be in 2012? Some of y’all really need to stfu and get a grip on real life.

    She was moving away from Tim and Missy’s sound especially being as the only Missy cut on her last album was 5 years old. Y’all can stay mad at Drake but he’s the only one making the deceased relevant again.

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    coMEaTmEbRO Reply:

    @IV., Hmmm. Last time I checked Aaliyah doesn’t need Drake in order for her name to stay “relevant”.

    Aaliyah released 3 classic albums before she passed away. Her name itself is bigger then ANYTHING Drake has done so far in his career.

    And since Drake is making the “deceased relevant again” I guess that would mean he should also go produce albums for 2pac, Biggie, MJ, Left Eye, and Whitney as well? Because according to you their not relevant?

    LOL! FOH!

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    GIRLLLBYE Reply:

    @IV., GET OUTTA HERE WITH THAT MESS. DRAKE CANNOT BLESS ANYONE IN THE GAME WITH HIS “ARTISTIC TASTE” . THAT BOY IS A NEWBIE JUST AS MUCH AS A LOT OF THE MEMBERS ON HIS TEAM. YOU REALLY THINK DRAKE HAS SOME KIND OF MUSICAL TOUCH THEN YOU ARE TOUCHED IN THE HEAD.

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  40. yep!

    drake is about to KILL AALIYAH’s LEGACY…he is gonna put all of YMCMB on the album and its gonna be TRASH!

    If we are not getting classic Aaliyah on Timbo and Missy tracks then we dont want it…

    I dont want to see nicki, drake, wayne, dj khaled and all of ymcmb on her album…AALIYAH WOULD NOT APPROVE OF THAT SHYT…

    drake need to just go back to jerking off to Aaliyah posters and sit the eff down!

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  41. MmmHmm

    SMH!!! DRAKE IF YOU REALLY LOVE SOMEONE YOU SHOULD LET IT GO…LET AALIYAH GO & REST IN PEACE!!!

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  42. Meme

    I love Aaliyah’s music, I grew up listening to her. But I don’t want this album. I want Aaliyah’s music to be created by her with her little touches, not HER music coming from someone else. This isn’t her music, its being created by someone else, they never even knew Aaliyah, or what she liked. I think Drake needs to fall back.

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  43. chimajii

    @yep ! : you must be a psychic to know that he jerks off to aaliyahs posters…..lolz…..i came in to read the trash posted by some peeps…and y’all didn’t disappoint!!

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  44. Wednesday

    everyone is going back and forth about what’s creepy and what’s not creepy. The closest people to Aaliyah were Tim, Missy and her brother so if anyone should be a part of anything, I would think that it would be them.

    Before a Biggie or Tupac album or single is released, they get permission from their immediate family (Mothers, etc.), which Drake, that Hankerson guy or the label did NOT do. It obvious that the family has no interest to make money off of Aaliyah because they would’ve done it a long time ago.

    As an Aaliyah fan, I am opposed to the whole idea, ESPECIALLY if Drake is involved. He IS creepy. Yea people pay homage but this is a BIT TOO EXCESSIVE

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  45. Wednesday

    I would hate to see backlash from fans in a resulting album flop because real fans would not be happy

    I read a comment above saying that this album is long overdue….umm, shut up

    I also read that Tim and Missy should’ve been thought of the idea. MAYBE just MAYBE, them being REAL close to Aaliyah, they respect her in death and know that an album is prob not what she wanted. Oh and maybe they respect her family as well..

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