Noah "40" Shebib Wasn't Comfortable Working On Aaliyah Album After Timbaland Talk

posted Tuesday January 07 ,2014 at 05:25PM CST | 18 comments


Noah "40" Shebib says that he was naive "to the politics surrounding Aaliyah's legacy."

In an interview published on today (January 7), Noah “40” Shebib says he was approached by Aaliyah's family to work on a posthumous Aaliyah album that has never been released. 

"Aaliyah’s label Blackground—the Hankersons, her uncle and cousin—came to me and said if she was around she’d want you to do this [posthumous] project,” 40 says to "I’ve been obsessed with Aaliyah forever, and I know Drake has his relationship with her. But that opportunity was mine. Drake said, 'Can I do it with you?' and I was like, 'Of course, we’ll do it together.’”

In 2012, it was reported that Drake would be an executive producer on an upcoming Aaliyah project. Timbaland and others criticized Drake's involvement with the project. "A lot of these rappers out here are awful," Timbaland said in July. "Chris Brown got a record [with Aaliyah]. It won't work. Drake could do a record with Aaliyah. It ain't going to work.”

Noah "40" Shebib Says Comment From Aaliyah's Mother Made Him Walk Away From Shelved Posthumous LP

Shebib says in his interview that comments from other artists impacted his view of the posthumous Aaliyah album.

"The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it,” he says. "That was a very sad experience for me. I was naïve to the politics surrounding Aaliyah’s legacy and a bit ignorant to Timbaland’s relationship and everybody else involved and how they’d feel. Tim said to me 'Don’t stop, make the album.' I think that was Tim taking the position of, 'I’m not going to stop you. If you’re not going to do it, that’s your decision.' But ultimately, I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t like the stigma. We released ['Enough Said'], but I was seven songs deep. [Aaliyah’s] mother saying, 'I don’t want this out' was enough for me. I walked away very quickly.”

In his September CRWN interview, Drake discussed the now-scrapped Aaliyah project. 

"Before things went downhill with it, I was actually working with my dream collaboration," Drake said of his work on an Aaliyah posthumous album. "Me and 40 were working on this Aaliyah album that kind of got blown out of proportion. There are records with me and Aaliyah that no one has ever heard and they're really good."

Drake addressed why he felt the plans for the album were scrapped.  

"I think the press got out of hand," Drake said. "They maybe just had a different vision for it. I'm not sure. It was sounding great to me. Whatever they end up doing with it, I wish them the best of luck. There might be a record with me on there. I'm not sure."

RELATED: Drake Explains Removal From Aaliyah's Posthumous Project

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  • Anonymous
    Met them both, 40 is a dick, a fuckin asshole. Drake's cool though.
  • Anonymous
    i think in the same interview he says he wasnt feeling "Wu-Tang Forever and that Drake isnt a gangster
  • castro
    They dropped the ball with this one cuz no matter how much ppl hate on drake theres no question hes the most creative rapper in the game period! He can make music for the females n just kill it with a hard 16 bars whenever he wants aka Up all Night: Trophies: Ransom: The Language
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  • Anonymous
    At the end of the day, they gonna regret not gettin the hottest rapper and producer to produce this album. food for thoughts
  • 614grind
    Glad they came to their senses.
  • Anonymous
    Drake is a fucking bitch!, he don't deserve a place in hip hop, his music is to fucking soft! Bring that hardcore rap back and kill all those pussy rappers!
    • why so angry?
      So how come it is so hard for the "hardcore" rappers to kill these so called "soft" rappers?
    • Anonymous
      Haha the harcore rappers can't touch Drake and he's a softie. That's more of a reflection on them than it is on Drake. Your harcore rappers seem to have a lot of bitch in them.
  • serious george
    Drake didn't have a fucking relationship with her you stupid cunt
    • why so angry?
      That's not what he said if you read the quote...
  • Anonymous
    Its simple. They should have went to Timbo and Missy out the box.
    • Anonymous
      Tim and Missy didn't want anything to do the project either way, so that wouldn't have mattered.
  • OnlyHipHop
    You think 40? Drake as well. If you had nothing to do with her initial legacy you can't hold up to the caliber of working with her material. It just doesn't make sense.
  • Anonymous
    I think you added an extra "naive" in the subhead.
    • Anonymous
      I think they missed one.
    • Anonymous
      I think they missed 664