Continuing their thread from yesterday’s chat with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, the pair touched on the posthumous Aaliyah album in the works, which will be executive produced by Noah “40” Shebib and Drake. Contrary to reports, Timbaland said that he spoke with 40 yesterday, stating that news of the LP was blown out of proportion and that he doesn’t think it’s actually happening.
“Is it really real? What’s one record to say there’s an album? Some people can… I don’t know if this is a real topic. I know people… We hear people, but we know, I think it’s just fabricated. I think people blowing it out of proportion. I don’t think it’s all of that. I think something maybe occurred and I think it might have been pulled back. I think people made it more than what it is. I don’t think it’s real,” he said. “I talked to 40 and that’s what I’m saying, it’s all misconstrued. I think that it was presented in a way where it wasn’t that picture. He called me like, ‘Yo, what has happened? I think we was just doing a song and it blew out of proportion.’ I was like, I don’t know, because when it comes to Baby Girl, it’s very sensitive.”
Missy chimed in, stating that no one from Aaliyah’s immediate family reached out to her but that she would only participate in the album out of respect to them.
“I can say this. Nobody has reached out to me. It’s not even about reaching out to me. I personally want to respect her family. If her mother or her brother or father has come and said we’re ready to do an Aaliyah album because I always say as fans – we are still fans too – as fans, we would want to hear Aaliyah but there’s a respect that has to be given and shown. Because for us, we can go on about our lives and we still mourn, but not the way this family – her mother, her brother, her father – they knew her before she was Aaliyah to the world. So until they come and say ‘Missy and Tim, we are ready to do an Aaliyah album,’ we just felt like we would pull back from it. But nobody reached out either. But Tim, I think someone reached out to Tim yesterday.”
Watch the full interview below, where Missy also talks about her battle with Graves disease.