The music duo addresses their absence and Drake’s role in the rumored posthumous LP.
Missy Elliott and Timbaland dropped by New York's Hot 97 radio station for a chat with host Angie Martinez last night and the iconic duo addressed controversial reports of a posthumous Aaliyah album that is set to be executive produced by Drake. Both parties, who were extremely close to Aaliyah and instrumental in her career, said they hadn't spoken with Drake about the project.
"No call has been made to me," Missy said.
The "Work It" rapper went on to say that even if she had been approached about the project, she would never proceed without the blessing of Aaliyah's family.
"I have to respect her family. Until they come and say they're ready to do an Aaliyah album, I don't wanna get into that," she said.
Timbaland, for his part, said the very idea of doing another Aaliyah album would be difficult for him to handle emotionally.
"For me, I have a hard time just listening to her music. So to sit there and do some music?" he said.
Missy added that the project has another potential downside in that the recorded material that would potentially go into the album may have been intentionally left on the cutting room floor.
"We're not talking about records that were put out, we're talking about songs that are unfinished," she said. "We don't know her reasoning for not putting her records out. She might have felt that that wasn't her best work."
When Martinez brought up the contention that some people have made that Drake may have an unusual fixation on Aaliyah, both Missy and Timbaland reserved judgment.
"A lot of people may have never met Michael Jackson, but they still may feel some kind of connection to him," Missy said.
While fans wait to see what role the rapper and producer will play on the Aaliyah project, Missy and Tim released two new songs on Monday, "Triple Threat" and "9th Inning."
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