Timbaland wants to make amends with Chris Brown for lambasting his Aaliyah-assisted single "They Don't Know." Speaking to Revolt TV this month, Tim said Brown's collaboration “will never work,” declaring himself as the only person able to team with Aaliyah because they were "soul mates."
On Twitter last night (July 25), the producer directly addressed Brown and clarified his negative reaction. "I want 2 publicly apologize 2 my lil homie @chrisbrown 4 my statements on revolt regarding the Aaliyah collaborations."
Given the producer's close relationship with Aaliya prior to her 2001 death, having her vocals placed on Breezy's track struck an emotional chord. "I actually like the song wit him n Aaliyah," he continued. "It’s just when you are talking about babygirl its a very sensitive subject with me. So the people who not only worked with her but grew a bond so tight we are like family so im very over protective over her. I have mad luv 4 my dude Chris Brown."
More than a decade after the songbird passed away in an plane crash, Timbo says the family "is still grieving."
Brown isn't the only artist to drop a single with Aaliyah, his rival Drake did as well. Drizzy released "Enough Said" last summer and announced he was working on an album of the Detroit native's previously unreleased music. Timbaland wasn't supportive of that idea either, but he's simmered down after Jay Z advised him to "embrace" the Toronto rap star.
Drake hasn't given a date for the posthumous Aaliyah album. His next solo release, Nothing Was the Same, is slated for Sept. 17.
Fans can hear Brown's latest, X, next month.
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