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Timbaland, Missy Elliott, DMX Cast Doubt on Drake’s Alliyah Tribute Album

Each artist has spoken out about Drake's disrespectful approach and "obsession" with the late artist.

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Super-producer Timbaland and his creative partner/rapper Missy Elliott have gotten more vocal over their concerns about Drake's plans to release a posthumous Aaliyah album, going so far as to speculate on the creamy nasal-flow rapper's obsession with the late singer. DMX has chimed in as well, with a far more aggressive stance on the concept.

Drake has said that he and producer Noah "40" Shebib were in the process of orchestrating a tribute album for the singer, using unreleased recordings from her vault. However, news broke that Missy Elliott and Timbaland weren't involved in the making of the project, many cast doubt over the project, deeming it disrespectful. 

Speaking to Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez earlier this week, Timbaland tried to piece together the motives behind Drake's efforts to revive Aaliyah's sound in 2012.

"I don't even know if it's an album, I don't think that's in the works. I don't know, I think it's blown out of proportion. I haven't spoken to Drake yet. I have a hard time just hearing her music." When asked about Drake's purported obsession with the singer, who died in a plane crash in August of 2001, Timb was dubious. "To me…..the tattoo part, did that man come in here and show ya'll? Like lift up his shirt, I mean they said pictures are online."

Missy played diplomatic, according to Miss Info TV, but expressed concern over the fact that perhaps if the unfinished Aaliyah songs haven't been released yet, there's likely a reason why.

"No call has been made to me," she explained. "I have to respect her family, and until they come and say they're ready to do an Aaliyah album then I don't really want to get into that because it's very sensitive. It's not records that already done came out, we're talking about unfinished music. And we don't know what her reasoning for not putting those records out." She continued, casting doubt on the quality of the unreleased material. "Maybe she didn't feel like they were her best work. We just don't want to tap into that, just spiritually something else you know…..very very touchy. Unless her parents came in and conducted that. … think that the tattoo is real, I did see a picture of it. You know what, let me be quiet….you know what it is, because he's a human being too. A lot of people may not have met Michael Jackson, but feel they have a connection with him." 

Rapper DMX, who's never had much love for Drake by any stretch of the imagination, took aim at the Canadian rapper for even thinking about the project, as well as slighting those who have collaborated with the late R&B singer in the past.

"He has talent but it's kind of redundant. It's kind of the same all the time, sounds the same, to me, personally, it's like an annoying sound. It's like a washing machine. Or a dryer. You know what, I don't even have to explain why. I just don't like what it is and I'm kind of feeling some kind of way about the fact you've commissioned, you've been blessed, you've been given the opportunity to do the Aaliyah album yet you don't include anybody that she worked with personally? What part of the game is that? I'ma tell you why I'm mad, son! There's a reason why I feel the way I feel. How do you do that? How do you disregard what this woman did, what this beautiful angel did." 


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