Last month Chris Brown released the single “Don’t Think They Know,” which featured posthumous vocals from R&B sensation Aaliyah. The RCA Records digital single follows “Enough Said,” a 2012 track Drake recorded, also made with unheard Aaliyah vocals tracks.
The late singer’s mentor, Norfolk, Virginia producer/artist Timbaland recently spoke his opinion on these tracks to Revolt TV. “In music, people always say, ‘I would do a song with Aaliyah.’ It would never work,” said Tim, who produced the bulk of Aaliyah’s 1996 sophomore album, One In A Million, and two singles from her 2001 self-titled third LP. “A lot of these rappers out here are awful. Chris Brown got a record [with Aaliyah]; it won’t work. Drake could do a record with Aaliyah; it ain’t going to work.” To the Roc Nation Records artist and founder of Mosley Music Group, there is only one logical pairing. “Aaliyah music only works with its soul-mate, which is me.”
In 2012, Tim, along with another of Aaliyah’s mentors and fellow VA artist, Miss Elliott, spoke out against a reported Drake-executive-produced Aallyah LP. Incidentally, Timbaland has worked with both Drake and Chris Brown, on Thank Me Later and F.A.M.E., respectively.
Additionally, Timbaland confirmed a music reunion with one of his former emcee collaborators. “I told [Jay-Z], the person who gets me from Hip Hop, now, their album’s gonna be phenomenal. And that’s Nas.” In 1999, Tim worked on both Nas’ albums, I Am… and Nastradamus. On the latter, Tim laced the single “You Owe Me.”