Following the death of Brooklyn-born singer Aaliyah, a number of posthumous records were released following the songstress’ untimely passing, and in the past year a handful of artists including Drake and Chris Brown have gone on to release records featuring the late singer. But according to Virginia producer Timbaland, who worked closely with Aaliyah before her passing, the posthumous collaborations featuring the singer will never work because he didn’t create them.
In Timbaland’s latest interview with Revolt TV, Timbaland briefly touched on Drake and his attempts at creating a record with Aaliyah before giving his approval of the Young Money singer/rapper.
The beatsmith also spoke on a conversation he had with Jay-Z in which he informed the Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper that Drake would be an artist to be embraced.
“In music, people always say ‘I [wanna] do a song with Aaliyah.’ It would never work. Chris Brown got a record, it won’t work. Drake can go do a record with Aaliyah, it ain’t gonna work. Aaliyah music only work with a soul mate, which is me,” Tim explained. “That’s why when Drake did ‘Started From The Bottom’ it was a total different sound. Then Drake told me, he said ‘Man, I had to really battle with myself. I want to be the first person to change.’ So, when he said that I was like ‘He’s gonna be around for a long time.’ So, talked to big brother Jay and I was like ‘Yo, we gotta embrace this young soldier. You gotta embrace this guy. We gotta put out hand around him’…And we adopted Drake.”
Timbaland later addressed “Sinatra In The Sands,” the Nas record featuring Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, which the producer previewed earlier in the week.
“I told Jay this, I said, ‘The person who gets me from Hip Hop now, there album’s gonna be phenomenal.’ And that’s Nas. Nas got a song right now with him, Jay, and Justin. It’s completely stupid,” he revealed. “It’s called ‘Sinatra In The Sands.’ And Justin sounds like Frank Sinatra.”
Timbaland’s interview with Revolt TV can be found below.