No Missy Elliott and Timbaland, No Good for Aaliyah AlbumAugust 14th, 2012
By Dan Reagans
Aaliyah’s 1994 R. Kelly-produced debut Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number was the last time we’ve heard an album from the R&B immortal without the illustrious productions of Melissa “Misdemeanor” Elliott and Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley. Word on the crib is that Missy and Timbo have decided to play the sideline as Drake takes the lead on the upcoming posthumous album from Baby Girl. This news is rather disheartening for me.
While Aaliyah’s platinum selling debut is no doubt a R&B staple, it still lacked the same bouncy futuristic sounds Tim and Missy bought into the fold on her sophomore opus One in a Million. The sad reality of the decision to not include the dynamic songwriting-production duo is that a new generation of fans will miss out on the magical chemistry displayed between the talented trio.
Imagine a Notorious B.I.G. album without Diddy’s musical input. Not only would the Bad Boy CEO not have it, it probably wouldn’t sonically mesh well with the Brooklyn MC’s musical footprint on hip hop. Pieces of the puzzle can be shuffled for relevance sake, but clearly they can’t be eliminated.
There’s no doubt in my mind that hip hop golden boy Drake (a diehard Aaliyah fan) will put his best foot forward in his duties as executive producer of the posthumous effort, but an Aaliyah album without Missy and Timbaland just sounds like an abomination. By now, it’s quite obvious that there are some gigantic elephants rummaging behind the scenes that are keeping all parties and desired parties from gathering on one accord.
Once again politics and egos are giving way to the main task at hand, which should be to create a musical masterpiece on behalf of the iconic singer at all costs. Forget about who should or shouldn’t play lead on the album, the R&B world needs Aaliyah at her best.
Hopefully Drake, Noah “40″ Shebib, Missy, Timbo and Blackground Records can all kumbaya it out and bring all that undeniable talent together to make another classic album for Baby Girl.
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