Drake’s Producer Noah “40″ Shebib Explains Why They Stopped Aaliyah Project: “That Was A Very Sad Experience For Me”


For the love of Aaliyah, Drake and his hit making producer Noah Shebib, better known as 40 attempted to make a posthumous project for Aaliyah back in 2012 but the reaction they received from it wasn’t the one they expected. Although 40 had already gotten the okay from a few of Aaliyah’s family members as well as Timbaland, fans were outraged at the thought of Drake and 40 producing such a huge project. Although Timbaland gave 40 the okay, 40 could tell it wasn’t genuine so he was uncomfortable. Despite the fact, he and Drake went ahead and released Enough Said anyway. Seven songs deep into the album and Aaliyah’s mother came forth and voiced that she did not want the album to be put out so both Drake and 40 walked away from it.

In an interview with Vibe, 40 tells them all about that experience. Here’s what he had to say:

…the Hankersons, her uncle and cousin—came to me and said if she was around she’d want you to do this [posthumous] project. 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.” 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 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.

Listen to Drake’s Enough Said below.

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