Some who were close to Aaliyah have not expressed support for the album. Missy Elliott and Timbaland, who produced most of Aaliyah's music, are not involved, and DMX, who co-starred with Aaliyah in the movie "Romeo Must Die" and recorded a song with her, has been critical of the project.
Lil Wayne said he hasn't heard any negative feedback, and added when he first heard that his Young Money protégé was a part of the project, his first thought was: "Good move."
"Everybody knows what Aaliyah did and done for music and culture, period, and it's always good to do that, for not only for people like that, just for her fans - you know what I mean?" he said in a recent interview. "Drake's a very thoughtful person. Everyone knows that. It's an awesome collaboration."
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Lil Wayne said Aaliyah's music has also stood the test of time.
"Her music is still awesome. It's still better than a lot of music out right now," he said.
As far as his own music, Lil Wayne, whose last official album was last year's "Tha Carter IV," said it's harder and harder to come up with new things to say: the 30-year-old has been rapping since he was a teen.
"I've said everything in every situation in every way, so it's almost interesting to go into the studio and find new things to talk about and new ways to talk about them and hear it back and say, 'Wow, you figured it out again,'" he said.
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