Fans of late R&B-pop star Aaliyah waited more than 10 years to hear officially released work from the singer — which finally happened courtesy of a 2012 single featuring Drake and Chris Brown, who used her vocals on his latest single.
But the posthumous collaborations and any further planned productions “won’t work,” according to Timbaland.
The multi-platinum hitmaker, along with longtime collaborator-friend Missy Elliott, are undoubtedly synonymous with the singer’s music, having helped her define and reinvent the sound of ’90s urban music.
Typically tight-lipped when it comes to discussing Aaliyah — she and eight others perished in a plane crash in 2001 after a music video shoot — Timbaland opened up in a new interview with Diddy’s new network, Revolt TV, and shared his feelings on the singles. And he’s not a fan.
“People always say, ‘I’m going to do a song with Aaliyah.' It will never work,” he said. “Chris Brown got a record, it won’t work. Drake can go do a record with Aaliyah, it ain’t gonna work. ’Cause Aaliyah music only work with its soulmate, which is me.”