The would-be Aaliyah record of unreleased tracks from the late singer is staying on the shelf -- for good, this time. Production of the posthumous album, spearheaded by Noah "40" Shebib and Drake, has been halted, according to a new Vibe interview with Shebib.
"Aaliyah’s label, Blackground -- the Hankersons, her uncle and cousin -- came to me and said, if she was around, she’d want you to do this [posthumous] project," Shebib told Vibe of how the project first began. "I’ve been obsessed with Aaliyah forever, and I know Drake has his relationship with her. But that opportunity was mine. Drake said, 'Can I do it with you?' and I was like, 'Of course, we’ll do it together.'"
Aaliyah died in a tragic plane crash in 2001. Timbaland, the producer of her '90s hits, including "Try Again," has maintained in the media that Drake should not produce an album of new material unless both he and the singer's other former collaborator, Missy Elliott, are each involved. DMX, who co-starred with Aaliyah in the movie "Romeo Must Die" and recorded a song with her, has been critical of the project, while Lil Wayne called the project "an awesome collaboration."