Timbaland claims Aaliyah appeared in a dream and spoke to him about Tink, his latest prodigy.
At just 19, Tink, Timbaland's latest prodigy, is already one of hip-hop's rising stars. She's in the running for this year's Freshmen class (she made our list), and we're expecting her debut album on Tim's Moseley Music imprint later this year. Tonight (March 21), during the final Fader SXSW showcase, Timbaland told the crowd that his partnership with Tink is meant to be.
Timbaland performed a DJ set before bringing out Tink to rap over some of his latest productions. The Chicago emcee performed new material from her upcoming album, including a track that interpolates Aaliyah's "One in a Million". This was surprising considering the sacred esteem in which Timbaland holds Aaliyah's body of work, but, after Tink's rendition, he was quick to convey how serious he is about her potential.
"I don’t touch any of my sister’s records. I don’t touch Baby Girl’s records—you know that’s Aaliyah," he told the crowd. Though, in this case, he was given permission by the woman herself: "She [Aaliyah] spoke to me in my sleep and said, 'She's the one.'" Damn, that sounds like an incredible dream.
Do you agree with Timbaland's prophecy? Watch the clip of Tim recounting the dream below.