It seems more than likely, at this point, that there will be a posthumous Aaliyah album coming out. What people can’t make up their minds on, however, it how the hell it’s going to happen.
Earlier this year, Jeffrey Walker, of production group The Hitmen, referred to a song that he produced titled ‘Steady Ground’ making the cut for the ‘One in a Million’ star’s forthcoming posthumous album. Missy Elliott, however, who worked closely with Aaliayh and wrote frequently for the singer, claimed on Twitter that she didn’t “know anything about this, and Aaliyah['s] brother [Rashad Haughton] confirmed that he doesn’t know anything either.”
Then, Canadian rap giant Drake, appearing on Tim Westwood’s Radio 1 show, claimed that he “had some great Aaliyah news coming soon … just some special things. Great things for music, period.” And now, Hip-Hop DX are reporting that one of these “great things” consists of Drake executive producing Aaliyah’s posthumous record. Now, whatever your opinion of Drake’s rapping, this would, in a way, make sense: him and his go-to producer Noah ’40′ Shebib have been pushing a hazy, dream-like approach to hip-hop and r’n'b for several years now, and it’s a sound that you could easily see record execs matching with Aaliyah’s infinitely sample-able vocals. On the other hand, surely an Aaliyah posthumous album needs to feature Missy and Timbaland as the dominant force beyond the boards.
However, Hip-Hop DX‘s source also claims that Drake’s next single – which he’ll debut at Toronto’s OVO Festival on August 5 – will feature posthumous vocals from Aaliyah. So maybe that’s all it is – there’s certainly no official announcement been made on either claim. Still, if on August 5 there’s a murmurs of a hologram in the Toronto’s air, you know what form to put your money on.