Posted January 8, 2014 by Unique in ThatsEnuff

Posthumous Aaliyah Album Gets Called Off

Back When Drake dropped his “Enough Said” track, which featured the vocals of late R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton, the NWTA artist also took the opportunity to announce that he would be putting out a posthumous Aaliyah album. A few days later Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Haughton, stated that “There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family,” with Timbaland and Missy Elliott, longtime Aaliyah collaborators, also announcing they too were not participating in the album’s production.

However, Blackground Records – a label run by Aaliyah’s uncle and cousin, Barry and Jomo Hankerson – announced the album would consist of 16 unreleased tracks and “fragments” that would be produced by Drake and Shebib.

Now in an recent interview with Vibe, Shebib finally sheds light on the status of Aaliyah project, stating that:

The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it. . . Ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t like the stigma.

He continued to tell VIBE that:

Aaliyah’s label Blackground – the Hankersons, her uncle and cousin – came to me and said if she was around, she’d want you to do this project, I’ve been obsessed with Aaliyah forever, and I know Drake has his relationship with her. But that opportunity was mine. Drake said, ‘Can I do it with you?’ And I was like, ‘Of course, we’ll do it together.’

But the negative attention towards project began to turn Noah ’40’ Shebib off the project.

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.’

Shebib then went on to share that the real reason he abandoned the project completely was after Aaliyah’s mother stated she didn’t want it out giving him more then enough reason to walk away.

Check out the full interview over on VIBE.