As reported in Billboard, longtime Aaliyah collaborators and musical fam Timbaland and Missy Elliott released a joint press release today, stating that they will not be participating in the posthumous LP planned by Blackground records–which has already generated the leaked single “Enough Said” featuring Drake & Noah “40″ Shebib–not to mention a firestorm of controversy. According to the press release:
“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 also added in her own words:
“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.”
The announcement comes just days after a statement by Blackground Records head (and Aaliyah’s cousin) Jomo Hankerson to the effect that Missy & Tim would definitely be involved, although to be fair, he was specific in saying that among the 16 tracks from Aaliyah’s archive which are slated for inclusion on the album, there were some which had already had the duo’s input and that Blackground would want them to ‘refresh’ their work to make the tracks up to date.