A Blackground Records exec may have stated otherwise only a few short days ago, but Missy Elliott and Timbaland say they “will not be participating” in the forthcoming posthumous Aaliyah album being helmed by Drake and his producer Noah “40” Shebib.
Billboard.com has the press release sent via Missy’s manager, Mona Scott-Young:
“Although Missy and Timbaland always strive to keep the memory of their close friend alive, we have not been contacted about the project nor are there any plans at this time to participate,” Mona Scott-Young, longtime manager for Missy Elliott, says. “We’ve seen the reports surfacing that they have been confirmed to participate but that is not the case. Both Missy and Timbaland are very sensitive to the loss still being felt by the family so we wanted to clear up any misinformation being circulated.”
Missy Elliott shared a few words on their longtime friend, “Tim and I carry Aaliyah with us everyday, like so many of the people who love her. She will always live in our hearts. We have nothing but love and respect for her memory and for her loved ones left behind still grieving her loss. They are always in our prayers.”