A collaborative album with the late Aaliyah and rapper Drake will no longer be released. VIBE reports that Drake’s producer Noah ’40’ Shebib has backed out of the project due to the negative attention they were receiving.
“The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it,” said 40, who also added, “[Aaliyah’s] mother saying ‘I don’t want this out’ was enough for me. I walked away very quickly.”
The album had already produced the song “Enough Said,” which received mixed reviews.
The hit making producer admits that Timbaland, who previously said only he and Missy Elliott should work on Aaliyah’s music, gave him the green light.
“[Timbaland] 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’. But ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t like the stigma.”