Drake Confirms His Role on New Aaliyah Album

The rapper-singer says he is "commanding" the project along with producer Noah "40" Shebib.

Posted: 08/09/2012 09:38 AM EDT

Drake has finally spoken on the role he’ll play in Aaliyah’s upcoming posthumous album. Last week rumors began circling that the Young Money star would be releasing a new single featuring the late singer’s vocals and working on her new album. However, the speculation has now been confirmed with Drizzy’s new song, “Enough Said,” featuring Aaliyah and his recent statements about the project.

"People should be really excited," he said to MuchMusic. "A lot of people thought 'Enough Said' was my single. It’s not my single. It’s all off of an Aaliyah project that me and [Noah "40" Shebib] are commanding."

The album will have 13 to 14 new Aaliyah songs, and will be one of the few projects released since her death in 2001. Drake claims he’s received blessings from Aaliyah’s family, former management and label on the project. He also said he wants to include more artists that were essential to Aaliyah’s career on the project, including Timbaland and Missy Elliott.

However, there are conflicting reports as Aaliyah’s 1.6 million Facebook page posted the following statement from her brother Rashad Haughton on Monday.

"There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family. – Rashad Haughton (regarding upcoming album release rumors)."

Later that day, the page was updated again, asking fans to weigh in on what they’d want from a new Aaliyah album. 

"Do you want an AALIYAH album? If so, who should executive produce it or be featured on it? The Haughton Family would love to hear what her FANS have to say."

Though the family's role in the posthumous release is still unclear, Drake has clearly set his sights on creating a classic effort for an artist he refers to as one of his idols. The Toronto-bred star has two tattoos that pay homage to Aaliyah's memory.

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