Missy Elliott Says She Had "No Clue" About Aaliyah Album

The confusion surrounding the Drake-helmed Aaliyah project continues, as Missy Elliott says she doesn't know a thing about it.

A number of reports indicating that frequent Aaliyah collaborator Missy Elliott would be featured on the late singer's next album may have been overzealous.

In fact, says Elliott, she didn't even know the project was coming out.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, the rapper/producer replied to a fan's statement about the project:

Earlier this week, Jomo Hankerson, an executive at Aaliyah's Blackground Records stated that "Timbaland will definitely be involved, Missy will definitely be involved."

Hankerson added that an unreleased Missy record would be revamped and added to the project.

Drake, who is co-executive producing the project with Noah "40" Shebib, stated that he would be including "some classic people, like anybody who used to work with Aaliyah or that was essential in her career, we definitely hope to have them involved." The statement, while noncommittal, certainly suggests Missy's involvement.

There has already been significant confusion regarding the project, as Timbaland revealed that he knew nothing about the project, and that "[t]he proper way to do that would be for me, him, and Missy to be all on the record. For it to be on his record, that would not be right."

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

65 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous: "I wonder if Jet Li will be on a Drake video" Drake wants a real martial artist for the upcoming video... Jason Statham. ^ you are a racist. I remember "it's not Elvis' fault people liked his music". Jason Statham could never make a full fledged martial arts movie better than the likes of Jet-Li or Jackie Chan. I'm pretty sure you think Chuck Norris was better than Bruce Lee. You're a Pacific Northwest bigot typing in stealth. I have even liked Jason's movies but what you said is blasphemy to the curators of the art. I have seen others point out your subtle racism before.

  • Anonymous

    This is ridiculous. Drake, just like any other artist should be able to make the music he wants and how he wants. Who put Timbaland and Missy in charge of Aaliyah's music? Just because they were close to her means nothing. This is a business and the goal of business is profit. Many artist from the past have been sampled and had music made with their name. It's not going to stop here. Bottom line, if you want Drake to suffer, don't buy the album when it comes out if it doesn't have Timbaland and Missy involved.

    • Eat a dick biatch

      Dis shit is funy as hell... its like saying a new album by Biggie executive produced by Waka Flocka Flame dat bitchass nigga, hillarious shit...btw fuck drake n eminem n anyone makin music of dead pipo...stop dat shit...

    • Anonymous

      I can help you to understand better but you have to take off the Drake stan shades for a minute, ok? The majority of Aaliyah's music was written and produced by Timbaland and Missy Elliot (I'm excluding R. Kelly on purpose). Aaliyah was not writing in the studio, she was handed music and told what to do. Nothing to do with being close or personal attachment, BUSINESS, like you said. They will need to be contacted because those songs ARE THEIR MATERIAL. Drake cannot just wake up and say he wants to do what he wants to do, there is plenty of red tape and proper channels he needs to embrace whether it's a sample or unreleased music from a dead artist. Drake cannot decide to redo "Dear Mama" w/o Tupac's mother's consent. And if she decided to say NO, there's NOTHING Drake could do, regardless of his popularity, what's hot in the streets, none of that. Hopefully this has cleared up the blatant misconception you have on this issue.

  • Anonymous

    "I wonder if Jet Li will be on a Drake video" Drake wants a real martial artist for the upcoming video... Jason Statham.

  • Anonymous

    "Too many people have rifled through her music and gotten their own PR off of it" Yeah. Their names were Timbo and Missy.

  • wishworks

    Look the single weak. The people have spoken! Can't have Aaliyah record without timberland & Missy on the beat, the only other person is R. Kelly. That's it. If drake wanna add a rhyme on a SONG(one) that's cool but let it be produced by timberland & Missy. I think the out cries of the fans speak the loudest in the room on this. Folks are not happy, you need to do right by this. Don't fuck her life's works for a quick buck

  • Fuck Virginia

    Fuck this Southern bitch and her stupid accent.

  • Anonymous

    Drake and whoever they are working for are snakes! No one was informed? You guys just thought yall could do whatever you wanted with her music without consulting anyone? No family or friends? We appreciate the gesture but if you don't do her music justice there will be consequences. You don't play with someones legacy after they are dead especially not for attention or money. With all that said you need to get Missy and Timbo and anyone else that was close to her in on the project or give it to someone else in general.

  • The_Observer

    R Kelly & Timbaland are the obvious choices here....fu)k what ya think

  • Anonymous

    People thinking Drake is gonna benefiting off of Aaliyah are ridiculous. Do you think Aaliyahs family would let ANYONE benefit off of her financially that she didnt even know? Come on now, please think before you type. hhdx has some of the simplest minded commenters ive ever seen

    • Trent

      you serious? of course he will be financially benefiting.. Drake being a self-entitled bitch again, what a surprise folks.

    • Nuff said....

      Just bcuz it has aaliyahs name on it dont necessarily means her fam have the rights to her music. Its a gang of artist who dont own their own name or music. The music industry can be real shady like that. And drake is attempting to gain a lot by doin this album like "anonymous" said. If drake dont involve Timbo and missy this album should be boycotted!

    • Anonymous

      Um yes he will be. and he's definitely using this as a crutch to place him ideally in the r&b world by hopping on an icon that was really loved, and captializing off her legacy.

  • C-los

    I wonder if Jet Li will be on a Drake video

  • Anonymous

    R Kelly is the only person who really should be involved. Him and Aaliyah had the perfect chemistry. Missy, Timberland and Drake all know that this a fact.

  • Anonymous

    The whole thing, up to people like Timbo and Missy not even being told about it, is just disrespectful. You can't get around it. Drake is moving this forward because he and his guy decided they're the best ones to do it more than anyone else, and the actual producers, veterans, and friends of Aaliyah can be included as an afterthought to pretend it's one happy collaborative celebration. But really it's Drake and his producer cashing in and pretending they had any connection to Aaliyah. Producing whole posthumous albums, adding features, and "updating" the sound, etc. are just incredibly disrespectful cash-grabs made by sneaky people looking to profit by exploiting a dead person's legacy, in their name, putting on albums they had no control over. Nobody should support shit like that.

  • Hip Hop Fan

    I think that its cool Drake wants to do this but he's going around like he knew her and what not. I think the family should put their differences aside and get Timbo, Missy and Jay-Z in the mix. Those three people actually knew Aaliyah and actually worked with her. Hell, even get Dame Dash into the mix as well, because they dated before she died. There are so many notable people that should be apart of this album who were instrumental in making Aaliyah who she was. Instead of getting the flavor of the year Drake all over this project at least reach out to people who knew her sound, tastes and preferences, but all the fans get are shady moves from the family and managers. Just my two cents.....

  • FuKKK DraKKKe

    I swear to God I'll find and kill Drake if he ever work on an Aaliyah album.

  • youngsta

    this old ass hag needs to go back to the cave where she came from. she had no clue because drake didn't want her ugly ass all over the album ruining aaliyah's songs. and old ass timbaland needs to fall back too. his beats for aaliyah were good but now, he makes electro pop music with one republic and pitbull. lame ass. drake and 40 gonna take aaliyah's legacy to new heights. just wait and see haters.

    • Anonymous

      baby girl's fame came from working with robert kelly. stop trying to rewrite music history. give r kelly his props. after all he was her legal husband.

    • Anonymous

      shut thee FUCK up..u must be a white rich kid who live next to MITT ROMNEY u sound STUPID HE HAS TO TAKE HIS LEGACY TO GREAT HEIGHTS BEFORE HE DO ANYTHING AND BABYGIRL FAME CAME FROM WORKIN WITH TIM AND MISSY PAY HOMAGE OR Ks WILL VOMIT!!

  • jg

    Drake didn't even know Aaliyah. Thats a betrayal by the record company to hand over her legacy to him rather than her friends and family.

  • Anonymous

    "Drake doesnt have the talent to be mentioned in the same breath as legends like Missy and Timbaland" Hush hater.

    • Anonymous

      Its haterish but its true.

    • Anonymous

      I'm not really trying to hate. I'm not saying he's not talented but he shouldn't be touching this. Its egotistical. Too many people have rifled through her music and gotten their own PR off of it. Its wrong.

  • Anonymous

    this is wat happens when GREED and FAGGOTS get control of the music biz..they FUCK UP THE LEGACY OF A GREAT HUMAN BEING..AND FYI WOULDNT U THINK THAT MR. HANKERSON WOULD GET THE PEOPLE THAT BABYGIRL LOVED N WORKED WITH TO DO THIS? IE. TIM..MISSY..MAG..GENUINE..ETC..BUT NO..DEATH TO YMCMB

  • Anonymous

    Drake doesnt have the talent to be mentioned in the same breath as legends like Missy and Timbaland. Why he would even touch this project is beyond me. Aaliyah was making records before he was even a thought in anyone's head. OK rapper, horrible singer. Wayne made this guy believe he could be one of the greats. Dude has delusions of grandeur.

  • Anonymous

    didnt aaliyah die years ago? lol

  • YEBO

    I HOPE THIS GRANDFATHER OF HIP-HOP WITH ANGELINA JOLIE LIPS AND TIMBALAND AKA SELLOUT FUCKING POP PRODUCER WON'T EVER TOUCH THE PROJECT! DRAKE IS THE ONE WHO SHOULD BE DOIN THIS, ACTUALLY, HE WAS VERY INFLUENTAL FOR HER LIFE, DRAKE WAS THE ONE WHO TAUGHT AALIYAH HOW TO SING, DRAKE MADE CLASSIC RECORDS, R. KELLY IS ACTUALLY DRAKE'S SON YOU BITCHES DRAKE, GET T-MINUS ON 1-2 INSTRUMENTALS, WIZ KHALIFA, JUSTIN BIEBER AND ONE DIRECTION ON FEATURINGS AND WE GOT PERFECT R&B ALBUM WITH SOME OF THE REALEST GANGSTA RAPPERS IN THE WORLD, I WONDER WHY JUSTIN AND 1D AREN'T ON KHALED SONG "HIP HOP" FEATURING NIGGAS WHO CAN BE MY GREAT-GRANDFATHERS

  • Fuck Virginia

    LOL didn't this bitch get raped? LMAO GTFOH

  • So Icy Boi!

    okay ma niggas, lets clear diz situation. 1st, Im confused. who da fuck iz Missy Elliott? huh? I never heard of diz dude. 2nd, Timberland is a pop producer (Justin Timberland, Natalie Furtado...) while 40 iz a pure hiphop producer. he iz a genius. 3rd... Drake is a hip hop legend.. he blessed her album.. so be happy. doze old azz pop niggaz wud fuck up da album. swag

  • YESSIR

    PEOPLE FORGET STATIC MAJOR DID A LOT OF AALIYAHS SONGS THE GUY WHO DID LOLLY POP WITH WAYNE. RIP MAJOR

  • YESSIR

    LOOKS LIKE I GOT ANOTHER FAKE RUNNING AROUND HE MUST BE MAD I AM THAT NIGGA ON THIS SITE

  • YESSIR

    smh this article isn't about Lil Wayne. I want me some Lil Wayne!!!!! mmmm Wayne

  • Anonymous

    i think people are gonna get mad at the wrong person. Drake only said "he hoped he could get all the people that were influential in her career on it". It was Jomo Hankeson that actually said Missy and Timb were a part of it. Reread that article

  • Anonymous

    I love it. Keep destroying yourself so we can save Hip-Hop. Old M.C. Hammer Lauryn Hill wannabe

  • pong

    wat about Dmx? Drake's biggest fan!

  • YESSIR

    IS MISSY AND TIMBO WANT TO BE ON THE PROJECT THEY BETTER FALL IN LINE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT NEEDED THE CHAMPAGNE PAPI IS GOING TO MAKE THIS ALBUM A CLASSIC. THEY NEED TO KISSS THE RING AND THEN DRAKE WILL LET THEM PRODUCE A CUT OR TWO 16 LETTERS YMCMB OVOXO MMG WTB

    • yey

      you called another man PAPI.... that is the most queerest, homo thug and flat out gayest thing I have heard on this blog outside of you openly admitting to seasoning your food with salt from Drakes balls! lol

    • YESSIR

      WELL MY FIRST GAY EXPERIENCE HAPPENED LIKE THIS: I WAS ABOUT 50 YARDS OR SO UP THIS PATH WHEN I NOTICED A MAN STANDING OFF THE SIDE OF THE PATH APPARENTLY STARING INTO THE WOODS. AS I GOT CLOSER I REALIZED HIS PANTS WERE DOWN AROUND HIS ANKLES AND I COULD SEE HIS ASS. NOW, I'M STRAIGHT BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT IT WAS A REALLY NICELY SHAPED ASS FOR A MAN AND I TOOK NOTICE. I FIGURED MAYBE HE WAS DRUNK AND JUST PEEING IN THE BUSHES, SO I STARTED TO WALK QUIETER SO I WOULDN'T DISTURB HIM. BUT AS I GOT CLOSER I STARTED HEARING STRANGE GRUNTS AND SUCKING SOUNDS. I REALIZED THERE WAS ANOTHER MAN BLOWING HIM. NOW, I'M NOT GAY BUT I SLOWED MY PACE DOWN TO WATCH. I SLOWED AND APPROACHED THE STANDING MAN FROM BEHIND. HIS FRIEND DIDN'T TAKE ANY NOTICE AS HIS EYES WERE TIGHTLY CLOSED. I CAME RIGHT UP BEHIND THE MAN STANDING SO THAT I COULD HAVE REACHED OUT AND TOUCHED HIM. THAT'S WHEN I BROUGHT THE CINDER BLOCK DOWN ON HIS HEAD, HARD. HE COLLAPSED ON TOP OF HIS FAGGOT FRIEND AND I QUICKLY FINISHED THEM BOTH OFF. I ROLLED THEM INTO THE BUSHES AND FINISHED MY WALK. THAT WAS ONLY MY FIRST OF MANY SUCH GAY ENCOUNTERS. 16 LETTERS YMCMB OVOXO MMG WTB

    • YESSIR

      FALL BACK YALL MOFOS. I WILL ALWAYS BE FIRST IN LINE TO GET MY FAG ASS GANGBANGED BY YMCMB. YEAH YALL FUCKERS CANT DO IT LIKE ME WITH NO VASELINE. ME AND MY SKINNY JEANS WILL ALWAYS GET EVERYONE IN YMCMB HARD. THIS IS MY ONLY CONTRIBUTION TO HIPHOP

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