Noah ’40’ Shebib has officially disassociated himself with the posthumous Aaliyah project which last year enraged a whole legion of the late singers devoted fans.
Following the release of ‘Enough Said’ which Drake shared in 2012, news of an impending full-length album had everyone talking – including some of Aaliyah’s nearest and dearest. This despite the fact that initial idea for the project came directly from Blackground Records (Aaliyah’s label), when the singers uncle and cousin spoke to Shebib and said “if [Aaliyah] was around she’d want you to do this project”. Interestingly 40 also revealed that Drake wasn’t attached to the project at first but being a huge fan asked if he could be involved – Shebib naturally responded “of course, we’ll do it together”.
And despite Timbaland’s early objections to the album Shebib revealed to Vibe that he did, in part, eventually receive the producers blessing to create the project. It wasn’t however under Aaliyah’s mother said “I don’t want this out” that Shebib decided to pull the plug saying “[that] was enough for me… I walked away very quickly”.
Noah also revealed how he didn’t feel comfortable with the stigma attached to the project – a stigma he said was unfairly based on Drake’s involvement: “the world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it… That was a very sad experience for me”.
… I still think something great could have come from this and although I feel a lot of the initial backlash was unwarranted and not very well thought-out – I think given Aaliyah’s family were behind the ultimate decision, calling the project off was the right thing to do. Lets just pray some of that music sees the light of day somehow. In the meantime – lets reload ‘Enough Said’ one more time.