Production Halted on Drake's Posthumous Aaliyah Project

Production Stopped with Drake’s Aaliyah Project

According to (frequent Drake collaborator) Noah "40" Shebib, the public backlash to the rumored project caused them to step away

by #teamEBONY, January 9, 2014

Production Halted on Drake's Posthumous Aaliyah Project

Production Halted on Drake's Posthumous Aaliyah Project

The would-be Aaliyah record of unreleased tracks from the late singer is staying on the shelf — for good, this time. Production of the posthumous album, spearheaded by Noah "40" Shebib and Drake, has been halted, according to a new Vibe interview with Shebib. "

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 [posthumous] project,' " Shebib told Vibe of how the project first began. "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.' "

"The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it," Shebib continued. "That was a very sad experience for me. I was naive 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."

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