Timbaland and Missy Elliott won’t be involved in the posthumous Aaliyah album that Drake is co-producing, but Damon Dash is opened to the idea of lending a hand. The former Roc-A-Fella boss, who was dating the late R&B singer at the time of her tragic death in 2001, told Billboard’s The Juice that he hadn’t heard the project’s first single, “Enough Said,” but expressed his support of the tribute.
“Anytime I can hear her voice, that's a good thing,” said Dash of his former girlfriend. “And anyone that respected her enough to make a record with her, I appreciate ya'll.”
Earlier this week, former Aaliyah collaborators Timbaland and Missy Elliot disappointed fans when they released a statement saying they have not been contacted about the project and have no plans to participate. Dash is more opened to the idea, stating he would be happy to help Drake and his producer Noah "40" Shebib, who will be largely responsible for crafting the record.
"It depends on how he [Drake] wants me to help," said Dash of the possibility. "I don't know what I could bring to the table there, but yeah I would do it. Anything involving Aaliyah and it's positive and the energy [is] right with it, I would be a part of it. My love for Aaliyah will never change."
Drake’s fandom of Aaliyah is nothing new, the Toronto MC has two tattoos in her honor and sampled her 1994 hit "At Your Best (You Are Love)" on his song "Unforgettable." The album will reportedly have 13 to 14 new Aaliyah songs and Drake claims he’s received blessings from Aaliyah’s family, former management and label on the project. However, members of the Haughton family have issued a statement saying otherwise.
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