In a statement to Billboard, Missy Elliott and her longtime manager Mona Scott-Young deny claims that Elliott and Timbaland are involved in the posthumous Aaliyah album that Drake and Noah “40″ Shebib are working on with Blackground Records:
Although Missy and Timbaland always strive to keep the memory of their close friend alive, we have not been contacted about the project nor are there any plans at this time to participate… We’ve seen the reports surfacing that they have been confirmed to participate but that is not the case. Both Missy and Timbaland are very sensitive to the loss still being felt by the family so we wanted to clear up any misinformation being circulated.
Tim and I carry Aaliyah with us everyday, like so many of the people who love her. She will always live in our hearts. We have nothing but love and respect for her memory and for her loved ones left behind still grieving her loss. They are always in our prayers.
Last week, after the release of “Enough Said,” a 40-produced Aaliyah single featuring Drake, Jomo Hankerson of Blackground Records told Billboard that Elliott and Timbaland would “definitely be involved” with the album. For a round-up of everything we know about the constantly-developing project, head here.