During a recent interview with Hot 97 personality Angie Martinez, Timbaland and Missy Elliott once again addressed the posthumous Aaliyah album reportedly in the works, explaining why they aren’t currently interested in getting involved with it.
In a statement released last month, the Virginia-born duo revealed that they had not been contacted about the album and made it known that they had no plans in participating in the production of one.
While Drake — who, along with his producer Noah “40” Shebib, reports say is heavily involved in the posthumous project — says the new album is definitely happening, neither Missy nor Tim could confirm whether that was actually the case, but Tim told Martinez he had doubt.
“I don’t think that’s even in the works,” he said. “I think it’s blown out of proportion.”
Missy’s response was was basically to not respond, calling the situation “really sensitive.”
“I have to respect her family and until they come and say we’re ready to do an Aaliyah album, then I don’t really want to try and get into that,” she said.
But Missy did speculate as to whether Aaliyah would even want music she hadn’t finished released to the public.
“We’re talking about unfinished music and we don’t know her reasoning for not putting those records out. Maybe she didn’t feel like they were her best work.” she said, before reiterating that she’d rather stay hands-off at this point. “We don’t want to tap into that. It’s spiritually something else, very, very touchy — unless her parents came in and conducted that.”
Hear what else Missy and Tim had to say in the full interview below.