Drake Says He & Producer Noah "40" Shebib Are "Commanding" New Aaliyah Album

Drake says that he and his producer, Noah "40" Shebib are "commanding" the new Aaliyah album. He also says he will try to involve artists who were "essential in her career."

Earlier this month, HipHopDX exclusively revealed reports that Drake would be executive producing Aaliyah's next album. The news was followed by the release of "Enough Said," indication that the original reports were true. Soon after, Timbaland responded to the news with his take on the situation. Now, Drake has spoken about the project, clarifying his goals for the album and more.

"People should be really excited," he told 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 40 are commanding." 

According to Drake, the album will contain approximately 13 or 14 new songs. 

"To get 13-14 new Aaliyah songs, everybody should be excited," he noted. "It's not about me. It's not about 40. It's about her and her fans and us just getting an opportunity to give you something we feel is great." 

Drake went on to say he has the blessings from Aaliyah's family, going against a report from The Guardian. He also shared that he received blessings from her former management and label. Regarding involvement from Timbaland and others who were vital to Aaliyah's career, Drake said he wants to include more artists in the process. 

"We're gonna pull in some classic people," he shared. "Anybody who used to work with Aaliyah or that was essential in her career, we definitely hope to have them involved." 

More from the interview can be seen below: 

RELATED: Timbaland Reacts To Drake Executive Producing Aaliyah's Album 

76 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Everything is about money anyway. Don't kid yourselves. This album will probably go platinum, and Drake will profit like crazy, and there's nothing wrong with that unless it's just an excuse to craft it into a Drake album.

  • YESSIR

    LOL TIMBO BE THE MOST HYPOCRITE NIGGA ON EARTH. WHEN U WAS HOT WITH WHITE BOY JUSTIN..U WOULDVE NEVER USED THAT FAME AND POWER TO DO AN AALIYAH ALBUM..WHERE AND WHY THE FUC WAS THAT ALBUM WHEN U WAS HOT U FAT NIGGA? WHY THE FUC WOULD U COMPLAIN THAT DRAKE INVESTING HIS OWN MONEY INTO THIS SHIT AND SAY U SHOULD BE ON THIS...NIGGA GET THE FUC OUTTA HERE EVEN IF U WOULDVE TRIED TO DO AN AALIYAH ALBUM IT WOULDVE SOUNDED LIKE A MADONNA DAVID GUETTA BEAT WITH A RNB VOICE..THATS WHY U WAITED UNTIL A GENIUS AND A REAL YM SOLDIER LIKE DRAKE HAD THE GUTS TO PUSH THAT PROJECT AND START COMPLAINING LIKE A LIL FAT BITCH. STICK TO TECHNO AND BE LUCKY IF U ON A FEATURE..FAT RICH UNORIGINAL TECHNO TRASH NEVER GONNA BRING SEXY BACK AGAIN LOOKIN ASS NIGGA

  • 3 headed monstah

    wtf is wrng with this nigga.. i mean damn .. u wanna feel aalyah, u want to hear her shit like back n the days ..than go to missy go to timbo, fuk it go to r.kelly.. u and 40 dont kno shit bout how to make us feel for her wen u aint never work with her .. these new kats are fukin rediculous.

    • Anonymous

      Yall know nothing about her, so how can you assess what Drake knows?

    • harris89

      Well said, these dudes didn't even fucking KNOW her, never met her, have NOTHING TO DO WITH HER. How much arrogance must you possess to think that you can recreate the music of a legendary, deceased artist without any of the original affiliates of their music? Especially if it's all gonna sound like that horrible first single which sounded nothing like her style, good lord.

  • ?

    Let Aaliyah rest.... at the most remake one of her songs and stop there. The fact of the matter is it won't be an Aaliyah album, it will be a Drake album featuring her vocals. Typical nigga on a ego trip.

  • S

    Guy is obsessed with Aaliyah. Needs help

  • Aaliyah

    Why is this queer so obsessed with me???

    • harris89

      If there is a heaven and Aaliyah is in it, she probably is looking down with a raised eyebrow like "wtf is this shit?"

  • Anonymous

    Of course they would say that! What are they supposed to say it sucks? Fucking stupid! Leave her shit alone Drake!

  • well....

    i don't have a problem with Drake but he didn't really prove that the album isn't about him on that new single. he subliminally dissed chris brown on it. he could have just waited until he had a feature from someone else or he put out a song for the diss, why did he have to do it on an Aaliyah song?

  • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      ^^Why are you responding to trolls??

    • thatswhathappens

      AND you've been posting this same shit for the past year or so. and why the hell is "gettin a condo!" in lowercase when the rest of the paragraph is uppercase? makes me feel like you're whispering that your homeboys got a condo, and I'm not sure why you'd have to whisper that if it was a legit buy.

    • thatswhathappens

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  • Anonymous

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  • Its Um

    just don't make the same mistake as labels do with dead praised artists. Too many artists on a dead artist album, it's not even theirs anymore, it's a dj mixtape.

  • Anonymous

    hopefully the music industry murders drake like it did aliyah. this jew toy is just doing a favor for his jew toy bosses, reviving a corpse to generate $. drake is a creation, a fraud. a gay ladies man that raps and sings. i hope dmx bashes this faggots head in on a blackout.

    • Anonymous

      I sense a lot of hate from you my young jackass! What the hell does Drake's background have to do with anything related to this article. Brothers like yourself will continue to keep racisim and hatred alive

  • So Icy Boi!

    MY NEW J DILLA PRODUCED SINGLE KOMIN NEXT WEEK. Debut album INFINITE SWAG UNIVERSE 8/28. swag

  • Princecx

    Everytime I come on this website all I see is hate. People are always on here hating about something DX is posting and you wonder why people say black people are angry. We should show support for our people for crying out loud. I know Drake has no right to have a say on who gets to be on an aaliyah album but fuck it he got the blessing and he's doing it. There's no doubt that its going to be successful, what have missy and timbaland done in the last 5 years that makes any sense? Drake is at his peak right now so he and 40 can make the best R&B album possible. Let's not get it twisted its all about the money. But lets be real also we getting probably a good album at least and maybe recycled vocals from Aaliyah. Drake does not make OG music, has never claimed to be an OG, and probably will never be, so do not associate him with the streets. He's a soft rapper that's why he be having beefs with chris brown. So let's all see this for what it is Drake has an Aaliyah obsession and he's just doing what e feels like with his money. Done hate, Appreciate.

    • Anonymous

      Well said, Princecx

    • SCHWARZ

      THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUPPORTING A RIGHT, JUST CAUSE THAN FOLLOWING AND ALLOWING SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE IF THE OLD HEADS HAD Y'ALL MENTALITY WE'D STILL B SEGREGATED WITH NO CIVIL RIGHTS

  • Anonymous

    Nigga aint no Aaliyah album going to be great with out missy and Timberland, dont try to get them invole, You invole them, they made her stay hot after R.Kelly, niggas should respect that

  • killah_casp

    i think this is the right place to post this seeing as this is one off the main reason i am doing this. I am no longer returning to this website and refuse to follow these phony clown rappers that you have jump all over everyones shit this is disgusting how a artist can be used to make YOU money evan in death. This website is not a hip hop website and is on the payroll for these commercial artists you constantly promote for absulute no reason other than money. Drake has no talent he was rich from the start has nothing to rhyme about and does whatever to try and win people over with hes fake made opionions he cares nothing for the streets therefore can not make street music, i also notice you follow ever moment off his life and dnt supply any sort off "news" that appeals to the OG fans and jus for the record nas is also on the payroll cat sold his sole after that kelis shit so it was easy to have him side with these fake rappers how can a artist who gave us a classic look at the streets of NY suddenly back these artists who rap about nothing but money aaliyah would be turning in her grave if she knew her image was being used so greedy motherfuckas like drake get MORE money he drops single every week he put no effort into his music and sells because off websites like this which are on the payroll promote him for literally anything if drake bought a new tooth brush you would hear about it the industry is all currupt and this music is all fake candyfloss rap i will never respect it and with that the last thing i have to say is fuk drake fuk the industry and fuk your bullshit webisite HIP HOP IS DEAD AND THIS IS WHY.

    • Anonymous

      @killah use some more punctuation, man, feels like I'm reading one long sentence.

    • dentaldamboy

      What the fuck are you talking about? Drake puts a lot of effort into his work. You may not like his content, but you can't question his ability to rhyme. You may not like his flow, but he certainly flows better than DMX or ODB every did. No dispresepct to either of those two, they are both legends, but you only liked them cuase they are hardcore. And that's a fair criteria, but you can't say that Drake isn't talented becuase he's not harcore. Furthermore, why would Atlantic and Aaliyah's estate not want to monetize the valuable intellectual property that is her unreleased work. Everyone is going to make money off of this, not just Drake. It makes more sense to release her music in a way in which the most people can benefit rather than keeping it locked in a vault somewhere. You really sound like some kind of socialist. Who cares if Drake wasn't poor as a child. Is it good to be poor? If you grew up poor, I'm sure you wished you were affluent. Why do you have a problem with Aaliyah's estate and Atlantic making money off of her hard work? Doesn't the world deserve to hear what she recorded? There is something very very worng with you. You lack a general understanding of how the world works. I can't imagine you being a very successful or intelligent individual.

  • dentaldamboy

    All of the cum-slurping YMCMB haters are out in full force today. None of you had anything good to say about Timbo in years. This guy makes pop music. But now that praising him is conveniently aligned with your daily YMCMB hate, you're all on his nuts? It's the same thing with Pusha T. All of you were talking mad shit when Kanye signed him and he had that terrible verse on Runaway. Then he disses Drake and he's you're favorite rapper? All of you YMCMB haters are a joke. None of you are real him hop fans and you don't know shit about music. All of your opinions are driven by hate. Why would Atlantic not want Drake involved in the project? He's one of the most commercially successful in the game right now. obviously, he knows how to make albums that perform well. And 40 makes beats which are great for Aaliyah's vocals. Timbaland is past his prime. Obviously DMX and R Kelly can't move units, so why put them in charge. Think about it people. If she was alive today, she would definitely be making music with Drake. Drake comes off like the boss that he is in this video, and you all come off like a bunch of bitter haters.

    • dentaldamboy

      I'm not saying that Timbo and Missy shouldn't be involved. I'm saying that they picked the right guy to executive produce it if they want to move units. Sure, Timbaland has done a lot for hip hop. But, he's not at his peak now. I have no clue how much creativity he has or doesn't have left, but he certainly has not displayed any since about 2007.

    • c

      Timbaland is one of the top producers of all time...especially in rap/r&b... He's still young, he still got a lot of creativity and beats in him... bet u have no idea how many records and for whom Timbo has produced! Drake does sell, but Timbo and missy should definitely be very invloved with this album.

  • Anonymous

    If you dont own a single Aaliyah album or never have then youre not allowed to even bring up her Legacy

  • Nuff said....

    We'll see....

  • Anonymous

    Missy, Timbaland, Ginuwine, Tank(he wrote for her), R. Kelly, DMX

  • Anonymous

    1. From what we've been told Drake is only on One song. 2. Everybodys biggest issue over the past few days was that Timb and Missy werent gonna be a part of the project. Here you have it from Drakes mouth that anyone essential from her career is gonna be part of the project. Her family gave him their blessings as well as her label. So why are people still mad. We're still gonna get that Timb and Missy sound with her. And if DMX can set his pride aside and actually work on something from Aaliyah then itll be perfect. So with all that why are people still upset? Is it because some of yall still want something to be mad about?

    • Anonymous

      No. THe problem was THAT TRACK. That was a bullshit track at best. It doesn't have to sound like Timbaland's tracks that we've grown used to hearing Aaliyah on... but that track sounded like something someone who learned Fruity Loops yesterday could throw together. If 40 is gonna man this project that the quality of the beats need to be WAAAYYYYYY better.

    • Everyone should be excited????

      Fuck bro - who is Drake to decide who should be on the album. Secondly aint o-one wanna hear Aaliyah on 40's weak white boy beats. Shit is disgraceful. No- exciting here. This is worse than EM producing 2pac LOL remember that garbage?? LOL

  • So Icy Boi!

    yessss. yessssss. yessssssssssssss. dis shit gon be da best R&B album of da millennium. instant classic niggaz. fuck Jay-Z and Damon Dash!!!! Aaliyah loved Dizzy. swag

  • Anonymous

    why is anybody even mad? regardless of the final result of the album i can't hate on the man. He is trying to keep a great artist legacy alive. There were kids that went to High School with me that knew Aaliyah songs but didn't know her name. I'm sure there are many younger people who never knew she existed. I can't hate on the man just because he is attempting to keep her music alive for younger generations to fall in love with her music.

  • Anonymous

    DMX is gonna be so pissed off...

    • DMX

      What did you say you cowardly niggas!!? If you guys got a problem then come and say it to my face! Your all pussy, ass, weak, forgotten little bitches that whine over the simplest shit that concerns "Fuzzy Eyebrows". Also if that RETARDED, JEWISH, GAY, FAGGOT even gets near me, Wayne won't even be able to save him with his CPR gremlin looking ass lips.

    • no...

      DMX is too busy crying on vh1 and being a bipolar piece of shit

    • Anonymous

      DMX should fucking kill drake. LOL He hates him already now.. he raping ole girls music for sales???

    • Anonymous

      Who cares?? He probably wouldve been the one to helm the project had he not let his life choices lead him to drug addiction and in and out of prison. He may not like Drake, but her family/label might prefer someone that they know doesnt have constant run ins with the law

  • Anonymous

    Usually Drake seems humble & nice but in this video he was just standing there with this look on his face like "I don't give a shit" & was acting like a douche bag in this video.

  • jester

    R. Kelly Timbaland Missy Jay X

  • Rick Ross IS Sexy

    I SAID SO!

  • DMX

    RRRRR WHAT!? WHAT?!? I don't like his fucking voice, I don't like what he talks about. I don't like his face. I don't like the way he walks. Nothing. I don't like his haircut.

  • 'DAMN R.I.P AALIYAH'S LEGACY

    A disaster waiting to happen.

    • Anonymous

      TRUUUUUUUUUU

    • Anonymous

      Drake exetive producing??? Dude he is average rapper with two albums out... How many classic's has TIMBO excetive produced? compared to Drake...Fucking kids

    • Anonymous

      do you know what executive producing is? All he does is oversee it when all of the final songs are sent in and makes sure the songs are all in the right order. He said all the people that were influential in her career would be involved... so are you saying that those people are gonna make it bad?

  • theeKIDICARUS

    Definitely will not support this if one dollar goes to paying Drizzy... Like TIMBALAND said it should go to Charity not to make money off the dead.

    • Anonymous

      he just said up top its not about me. its not about 40. Its bout her. On top of that we have all seen how obsessed he is with Aaliyah. And im pretty sure her family would not have let him do it if he was gonna profit off of it.

    • Miles

      Musicians barely make any money ofrom their own cds because labels take the majority of the profit. Why would he make money off someone else's album when Drake doesn't own his own label and the other artist was involved with a different label

  • DAA

    "He also says he will try to involve artists who were "essential in her career."" AKA Drake will put missy or timbland on one track and fill the rest with wayne, minaj and tyga

    • Anonymous

      Tyga isnt even on his Drakes albums. Why would he put him on hers?! And when it comes to artists that are deceased and have albums come out, a lot of families want to here the final product before it comes out. Im pretty sure Wayne and Nicki probably wont be on all the songs

  • Anonymous

    He comes across as a stan how many tattoos of her does he have

  • Anonymous

    Thats crazy, Drake has way too much pressure on this, fasho people are gonna hate it.

  • Aaliyah

    WTF is this bullshit? Niggas are trying to make money off my name. Fuck Drake and fuck 40. Where's Missy and Timbaland?

  • allyson felix for the win

    what bullshite. I won't support this with my money, I know that much. he really has no business. aint there some Canadian artists who are dead (and therefore can't file a restraining order), that Drake can work with? Why is he messing up this American's legacy? Aaliyah didn't make depressing music like his. What's the connection?

  • allyson felix for the win

    what bullshitee with my money, I know that much. he really has no business. aint there some Canadian artists who are dead (and therefore can't file a restraining order), that Drake can work with? Why is he messing up this American's legacy? Aaliyah didn't make depressing music like his. What's the connection?

  • So Icy Boi!

    Lil Wayne is a rapper, skater, guitar hero and a true blood. Lil Wayne can do many sick tricks on his skateboard he won 20 gold medals at the Olympics and X-Games. He sold 10 billion copies in 1 day for every CD and was co-signed to be the best rapper of all-time. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Flo Rida, Gucci Mane and Justin Bieber are his bloodmates. Every other rapper sucks! Go Lil Wayne & LeBron James! SWAG!

  • iamhiphop

    Aaliyah is rolling in her grave right now.

  • Anonymous

    "Drake Says He & Producer Noah "40" Shebib Are "Commanding" New Aaliyah Album" Into an ocean of crap.

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