Producer says he is Aaliyah's 'soulmate' while shedding light on Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Nas collaboration
Both Chris Brown and Drake have taken vocals recorded by Aaliyah before her death in 2001 and used them on new tracks this year. However, Timbaland has gone on record as saying that only he can make music with her which will “work”. Speaking to Revolt, the producer said: “It ain’t gonna work because Aaliyah music only works with her soulmate, which is me.”
He did, however, save some praise for Drake after hearing his musical philosophy. “When Drake did ‘Started From The Bottom’ it was a totally different sound and Drake told me, he said, ‘I had to really battle with myself. I want to be the first to change’. That’s when I knew he was going to be around for a long time.”
So far in 2013, Timbaland has produced records for both Jay Z and Justin Timberlake and revealed that both artists will feature on a new song he has recorded with Nas for his next studio album. “I told Jay, the person who gets me now, their album is gonna be phenomenal and that person is Nas. Nas got a song right now with him, Jay and Justin that’s completely stupid. It’s called ‘Sinatra in the Sands’ and Justin sounds like Frank Sinatra.”
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Chris Brown’s track ‘They Don’t Know’, will feature Aaliyah vocals. The song will be part of his forthcoming new album ‘X’. Previously, Brown had revealed that Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Nicki Minaj would also all feature on the new LP, which will be sixth studio effort.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in New York in 1979 and raised in Detroit. She released her debut album, the R Kelly-produced ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’, in 1994. It was followed in 1996 by ‘One In A Million’ and her self-titled third album, which was released a month before her death in 2001 and has since sold over 13 million copies.