Ever since news broke that Drake was to be featured on a song with the late Aaliyah, fans have been questioning what kind of a role the Young Money star will play in the release of the deceased singer’s upcoming posthumous release. Now, in a recent story from Billboard, it turn out that Drake and Noah “40” Shebib will co-executive produce the LP.
Jomo Hankerson, Aaliyah’s cousin and co-head of the label releasing the project Blackground Recordings, revealed today that the duo will co-executive produce the LP along with his recording group. In addition, Hankerson says that both Timbaland and Missy Elliott will be heavily involved in the project as well on the musical side.
“Timbaland will be involved with this project. One of the records that we had that was never released was a Missy record that we obviously are going to be refreshing,” said Hankerson. “This record [‘Enough Said’] really kind of came sooner than we thought it was going to come, so it’s really the beginning of the creative process for us. We’ve got a record out while we’re still creating the project. A lot of that is still up in the air, but I can tell you that Timbaland will definitely be involved, Missy will definitely be involved.”
Hankerson also spoke on why he felt it was time to reintroduce Aaliyah with a posthumous recording. He said that she left behind a fairly large stockpile of unfinished recordings, and it felt like the right time to show a younger generation what Aaliyah meant to music.
“We really felt like it was time. There’s a real new generation that doesn’t know her necessarily, and we wanted to continue her musical legacy with this new generation,” Hankerson said. “That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to do very contemporary music. We didn’t want to make it a nostalgic project; we already did that with the I Care 4 U album. The idea was to release new music for her diehard fans, and also reintroduce her music to a new generation that doesn’t really understand how much influence she has in the music that they’re listening to today.”