Drake talks Aaliyah album

    Drake feels good about moving forward with plans to produce a posthumous project.

    The music world has been missing Aaliyah for years, but Drake recently brought her back with a new single titled "Enough Said."

    The musical resurrection was welcomed by many fans, but not everyone is feeling the first release from the upcoming album that he is mixing alongside his producer Noah ’40′ Shebib. Drake is amped about the opportunity to kind of work with one of his idols, and he told MuchMusic that he wishes more people felt the same.

    "People should be excited [about the new single]. It’s all off of an Aaliyah project that me and 40 are commanding and 40 is just doing some incredible, incredible music right now," he said. "To get 13-14 new Aaliyah songs …. everybody should be excited."

    He added, "It’s not about me, and it’s not about 40. It’s really about her and her fans…and us just getting an opportunity to give you something that we feel is great."

    Drake shared that he’s definitely getting a vote of confidence from her inner circle, and he wants to make sure that all of her closest collaborators get a chance to have their voice heard on the album. That’s great news for Timbaland, who recently told the hosts of the "The Breakfast Club" radio show that he thinks an Aaliyah album wouldn’t be right without him and Missy Elliot making some kind of contribution. Drake seems to welcome their input.

    "You know, the people around her, everybody from her family to her old management and label, were just like, ‘If there’s anybody out who can do it right now, it’s you and 40,’" Drake said. "And it was an honor to pull in some classic people, like anybody who used to work with Aaliyah that was essential in her career, we hope to have them involved."

    When Drake said "everybody," that list likely did not include Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Haughton, who went on the singer’s official Facebook page to denounce the project. "There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family,” Rashad wrote.



    —Sonya Eskridge




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