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Noah ’40’ Shebib Reveals What Happened to Posthumous Aaliyah Album

Noah "40" Shebib
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Back in 2012, Drake and his right-hand producer Noah “40” Shebib were set to release a posthumous album for late singer Aaliyah. Now, 40 is explaining why the project got dropped after the first single ‘Enough Said.’

40 explained to Vibe that the backlash from fans as well as Timbaland, Aaliyah’s longtime friend and producer, put the brakes on the project. “The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it. That was a very sad experience for me,” he said. “I was naïve to the politics surrounding Aaliyah’s legacy and a bit ignorant to Timbaland’s relationship and everybody else involved and how they’d feel.”

According to 40, Timbaland initially gave him his blessing. “Tim said to me ‘Don’t stop, make the album.’ I think that was Tim taking the position of, ‘I’m not going to stop you. If you’re not going to do it, that’s your decision.'”

40 said that Aaliyah’s uncle and record label initially asked him to jump aboard the project but ultimate disapproval from the late singer’s family persuaded him to discontinue. “But ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t like the stigma… [Aaliyah’s] mother saying ‘I don’t want this out’ was enough for me. I walked away very quickly,” he said.

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