Timbaland says that Aaliyah ‘spoke to him in his sleep’ to endorse his latest protege

He claims that the late R&B singer called Chicago MC Tink 'the one'

Producer and rapper Timbaland performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas on Saturday night (March 21), telling the audience that late R&B singer Aaliyah recently appeared to him in a dream.

Aaliyah died in a plane crash in August 2001, aged 22. She worked with Timbaland on her second and third albums, ‘One In A Million’ and the self-titled ‘Aaliyah’.

Timbaland has recently teamed up with upcoming Chicago MC Tink, with Timbaland telling the SXSW crowd that Aaliyah herself endorsed Tink to him in one of his dreams.


“I was riding home one day, asleep, she spoke to me in my sleep and said [Tink] is the one,” Timbaland said. You can watch the moment in the video below.

“She’s the one.” #FADERFORTConverse

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Meanwhile, the producer recently expressed his disapproval for the controversial TV biopic of Aaliyah, calling it “bullshit” and claiming that the makers Lifetime “disrespected” the late star.

Timbaland also recently hinted that he’s working on new music with Missy Elliott.

Timbaland produced the vast majority of Elliott’s back catalogue and now the pair look to be teaming up again. Posting an image to Twitter, the US songwriter wrote: “Me & @Timbaland bk 2 the drawing board studio dirty beats!”.


The news follows Missy Elliott’s surprise appearance at the Super Bowl last month (February 1).