Aaliyah's music lives on.
While Timbaland works on his upcoming solo record (with the help of Justin Timberlake) titled Opera Noir, he promises fans a taste of never-before-heard music from the late Aaliyah. Timbaland, who produced “Try Again,” “We Need a Resolution” and “Are You That Somebody” to name a few, answered our prayers. He posted on Instagram saying, "Attention!!!!! People ask me all the time do I have any babegirl music we haven't heard !!!!!well the answer is YES!!!!!!!! TIMBO x BABEGIRL !!!!! Sneak peak coming !!!!!!!"
In recent years, Drake featured unheard vocals from Aaliyah on his song "Enough Said," as did T-Pain on "Girlfriend." Chris Brown featured her on "Don't Think They Know" - much to the initial dismay of Tim, who publicly lashed out at Brown in 2013 for doing so. He apologized not long after, saying "I want 2 publicly apologize 2 my lil homie @chrisbrown 4 my statements on revolt regarding the Aaliyah collaborations. I actually like the song wit him n Aaliyah, its just when you are talking about babygirl its a very sensitive subject with me. So the people who not only worked with her but grew a bond so tight we are like family so im very over protective over her."
In fact, there's a lot of unused material from Aaliyah, which T-Pain brought to light after receiving major backlash for featuring her on his song off The Iron Way mix tape.
“First of all, let me just say that a lot of people are pissed off about that for some reason," he said. "I’m seeing a lot of people directly say, ‘He doesn’t deserve her vocals.’ So I’m trying to figure out what the fuck did I do. So what happened was they were doing Aaliyah X album and they came to me for a feature on the album. They had a bunch of sessions and unused tracks from her. So instead of being a dick and charging the shit out of them, I was like, ‘Yo, just give me one of the sessions.’ And they were like, “Cool. We ain’t gotta pay, right?’ It was just like a swap. I did a song for her album and they gave me one for mine.”
Tim said the reason why collaborations with Aaliyah and artists like Drake and Brown didn't work is because it's missing one thing... him.