Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley have released new music and have been making promotional rounds lately, revealing their thoughts on rapper Drake and his reported involvement in making a new album for the pair's deceased protegee, Aaliyah Haughton.
Drake, 25-year-old chart-topping Canadian recording artist, is reportedly gearing up to executive produce the second posthumous album from the deceased singer. Haughton died in a plane crash in 2001 but has continued to make her mark on the music world as a record-breaking R&B artist whose influence transcends her life.
Drake, born Aubrey Graham, has been vocal about being a fan of the late singer and even had a likeness of her tattooed on his back. However, both Elliot and Mosley were longtime friends and collaborators of Haughton before her untimely passing and recently admitted that they could not confirm that another album was in the works for the late singer.
"I don't even know if it's an album, I don't think that's in the works," Timbaland recently said in an interview on New York City radio station Hot 97. "I haven't spoken to Drake yet."
However, Elliot said that another album stemming from old recordings from the singer may not be what the late singer would have wanted.
"We don't know what her reasoning for not putting those records out. Maybe she didn't feel like they were her best work," Elliot said on Hot 97. "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."
Elliot echoed the same sentiments when speaking on New York City radio station Power 105.1's morning show "The Breakfast Club" recently.
"I can say this, nobody has reached out to me. I's not even reaching out to me, I personally want to respect her family," Elliot said. "If her mother or her brother or father hasn't come and said we're ready to do an Aaliyah album.. as fans we would want to hear Aaliyah but there's respect that has to be shown."