Timbaland Apologizes to Chris Brown for Aaliyah Comments

Timbaland and Chris Brown

Timbaland is apologizing to Chris Brown over comments he made about his Aaliyah collaboration.

In an interview with Revolt TV, Timbaland said that he doesn’t like other artists doing posthumous collaborations with the late singer. “In music, people always say I would do a song with Aaliyah. It would never work,” he said. “Chris Brown got a record, it won’t work. Drake [did] a record with Aaliyah, it ain’t gonna work ’cause Aaliyah music only work with its soulmate, which is me.”

But after the interview went viral, he issued an apology to Chris, whose song “Don’t Think They Know” features previously unreleased vocals from Aaliyah. “i want 2 publicly apologize 2 my lil homie @chrisbrown 4 my statements on revolt regarding the Aaliyah collaborations,” tweeted Timbo.

The super-producer, who along with Missy Elliott helped shape Aaliyah’s sound, was coming from a sensitive place when he made the statement.

“i actually like the song wit him n Aaliyah, its just when you are talking about babygirl its a very sensitive subject with me,” he said. “so the people who not only worked with her but grew a bond so tight we are like family so im very over protective over her.”

He has no ill will toward the “Fine China” singer, but wanted to protect Aaliyah’s family. “I have mad luv 4 my dude @chrisbrown,” he added. “a mother lost a daughter. a brother lost a sister. that is still grieving over her passing. it just a very sensitive subject. i just want the family to be respected.”

His partner Missy previously shared her thoughts on posthumous Aaliyah collaborations. “We’re talking about unfinished music and we don’t know her reasoning for not putting those records out,” she told Angie Martinez.

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24 Comments

  1. Bx

    He shouldn’t have to apologize for that. CB is not someone he should feel threatened about. However, personally, I liked the team of Aaliyah and RKelly in the beginning more. He helped shape her in the beginning before she went to the Viginia camp.

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    cassidyboi Reply:

    @Bx, Its more of respect u dip-shit…. fyi #Timberland wants his songs to make CB’s album so Im sure he knew an “Im sorry” was in store!!!

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    Bx Reply:

    @cassidyboi, better watch yourself. I’ll step on a rodent if I must. Trust!

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    Meme Reply:

    @Bx, I was actually thinking about this earlier. I do prefer the music she made with rkelly over much of timberlands tracks.

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    diane Reply:

    @Meme, me too. if she had stayed with Kels he would have protected her and she’d be alive today. Young girls like Aaliyah and Ciara need strong loving men to protect them and navigate the music world.

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    diane Reply:

    @Bx, I agree. The idiot Chris Brown has no business disrespecting Aaliyah’s family. They should sue him.

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  2. Vee

    That was very “big” of him. I understand where he is coming from. I just wish artist would “Think” B4 they speak. I’m tired of brothers tearing each other down. The song Chris did was very positive and I’m sure she would have love it. Aaliyah is no ones property! Get it together Timmy.

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    GoodMusic Reply:

    @Vee, Your so right when you said “I just wish artist would “Think” B4 they speak. I’m tired of brothers tearing each other down” I Totally agree with you! But it was great that he apologized.

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    Ice Reply:

    @Vee, “Aaliyah is no one’s property”, which is exactly why people should stop freely passing around her vocals. I don’t see anything wrong with sampling any of her completed tracks, but to use unreleased vocals to generate hype is wrong.

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    Yeezus Christ Reply:

    @Ice, why is it wrong to use unreleased music? all of aaliyahs music should be released for the world to hear

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    WELL Reply:

    @Ice,
    I guess you dont see anything wrong with her family suffering as a result of this.

    Your wrong when you say “no one owes aaliyas vocals” .. unfortunately.. people do OWE them. Hence why her material can be sampled.

    No one understands that the Haughton family is still grieving her death and does not want her vocals released

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    Croqque Reply:

    @WELL,
    1. You responded to the wrong person
    2. When you quote someone, don’t make up the quote
    3. You seem to be confusing the word ‘own’ with ‘owe’
    4. Have a good weekend

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  3. Josh

    Glad Timbo ponied up and apologized to Breezy. Cause real talk, Don’t Think They Know was an amazing and respectful ode to Aaliyah. Not only did Breezy’s track honor her, it’s also a jam!

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  4. Fromage

    Chris brown Ft aaliyah “dont think they know” = rnb song if the yeaaaar

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  5. channel_ROMAN

    Why make a statement THEN apologize for it AFTER it was taking negatively for. He should’ve thought it out before he spoke. Now as far as the song goes I don’t remember a word Chris Brown says on the song but I do know all of Aaliyah’s parts. lol

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  6. oldschool

    Beautiful song. Chris. Keep up thework you know who the hater behind that ( Guess) Timbaland you don’t. Run nothing
    Be Blessed Chris

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  7. Jay-Me

    Yeah I dunno why he said it & then apologised. If he said it then he meant. Who knows who she worked or what she would have worked on. It does seem like Drake & CB tried to ride her name for success.

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  8. Gee

    TIMBERLAND AND MISSY MOVE ON!!! When aalyiah was alive her music touched a lot of people but she was not loved by everyone. Now that she’s passed on her music is sacred when in fact it wasn’t that that deep. Brandy dominated over her….. Brandy……. -_____- move on.

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    PSHHH! Reply:

    @Gee, Brandy dominated Aaliyah,lmao? In what category? Not in popularity, charts, and most certainly not looks. And I’m not saying that because she’s dead. We all knew Monica and Brandy couldn’t touch that lil girl!

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    SdotB Reply:

    @PSHHH!, I love Aaliyah but Brandy was the ring leader back then…chart wise, sales wise, & popularity wise…

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  9. Me Damnit!

    I respect Tim as an producer and all the work that he has done with countless artist especially Aaliyah, but for him to say that ‘only he’ could do her justice is just arrogant & frankly not true. He needs to remember that R. Kelly discovered Aaliyah and she had several hits with him. Timbaland only produced 3 songs on One in a Million, the rest of he album was produced by other artist and her third album, Aaliyah, was produced by other artist as well, Tim only produced two tracks on that album.

    I undertand Tim had a personal relationship with Aaliyah and he may have felt some sort of way about other working with her, especially since he admitted to being in love with her but Aaliyah had hits BEFORE she worked with Tim & after him. If she were alive today of course she would have worked with different producers and artist to stay current and keep her sound fresh. Tim needs to realize that & accept the fact that he didn’t own her.

    Chris ‘Don’t Think They Know’ record was dope! It was a positive record and very respectful to her memory. No one can say he didn’t do her justice.

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Me Damnit!, ALL of Aaliyah’s singles that came out during her “One in A Million” era were produced by Timbo, no one else. He was the one who campaigned with her! Not only that, he also produced mainly ALL of her remixes, soundtrack hits (Are You That Somebody?, Try Again, and several others). Yes, R. Kelly discovered Aaliyah, but it wasn’t until she teamed with Timbo and Missy that she became the crossover star that she was.

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  10. travis

    but didn’t timbaland produce that song

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  11. ranesha brodnax

    i love your song so much

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