Barry Hankerson says that an Aaliyah post-humos album is happening, and explains working with Drake & Noah '40' Shebib
Timbaland & Missy Elliott have voiced disbelief that the LP is actually happening, as they have yet to be contacted about it, but word is Drake and his go-to producer Noah '40' Shebib are working on it. Now, Barry Hankerson, who is Aaliyah's uncle and BlackGround Records CEO, has clarified what's happening with the post-humous album.
On working with Drake & 40, Barry says, "Drake and Noah did an exceptional job with "Enough Said".Â The intent was too be creative with one song at first and see how the fans would react. We look forward to them hearing the rest of the album next year."
He also explained what material of Aaliyah's they areÂ utilizing. "Weâre working with 16 never before heard songs that were part of an album she was recording before she died. Fans will hear the same angelic tone they loved so much in these new songs."
On the bad press, and rumors of Aaliyah's family not approving of the LP, Barry explains, "We always expected an unpleasant welcome this album.Â Due to the Â fact we have control over the estate andÂ authoritative overÂ royalties we will be moving forward with this album.Â We never wanted the bad press thatâs come with the album.Â The family might of madeÂ statementsÂ about us not supporting their âdaughterâ but the fan support and peaceful intent behind it is the reason weâve decided to go forth with it."
Barry also touches on the reason DMX, Missy ElliottÂ & Timbaland are not included in the post-humousÂ release, citing wanting to go in a different direction as the reason, Â "Weâd like to go in aÂ different directionÂ with the 16 tracks and have been more than open to work with past collaborators.Â So,Â Damon Dash â her Â exÂ fiance- is more than willing toÂ assist Â Drake and Noah in producing the Â album."
As for the sixteen unreleased tracks they're using, Barry says they were part of an album Aaliyah was working on before she passed away. "The 16 unreleased tracks youâll hear on this album were Â a part of an album she was working on at the time. Weâve always wanted her to be number 1 and to continue to release material following the success of her final album,"Â he says.