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That Grape Juice Interviews Barry Hankerson ( Aaliyah’s Uncle / BlackGround CEO)

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By 22, Aaliyah had become one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time- the long running poster child for cross-over R&B.

Now, more than a decade after her passing, her former label ‘BlackGround Records‘ ready the release of her first posthumous album, to be executive produced by ‘Practice’ Prince Drake and his long time collaborator Noah Shebib.

So, ever eager to serve the answers you want the questions to, That Grape Juice met with BlackGround CEO Barry Hankerson for a tell all interview on the controversial release.

Read below…

TGJ ( David Asante): Hey Barry, thanks for agreeing to speak with us.

Barry: Thanks! We’re excited to talk about the album.

TGJ: Alright, let’s get started.How recently did BlackGround decide to launch a posthumous LP by Aaliyah and what- if anything- triggered the idea?

Barry: Aaliyah left a huge fan base behind when she passed and her legacy really does live through the music, but more importantly her fans. For us, it was only right to show our appreciation to these fans for supporting her for all these years.

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TGJ: Were you initially apprehensive about starting it?

Barry:  You know what, we were a little (laughs).We were fearful of the response from the media, Aaliyah’s family and how the project would affect her legacy. It was an uneasy anticipation of what the future held.

TGJ: Young Money’s Drake and Noah Shebib have been named as the project’s executive producers, how did this arrangement come to be and how happy are you with the work they’ve produced for the album thus far?

Barry: Drake and Noah did an exceptional job with “Enough Said”.

The intent was too be creative with one song at first and see how the fans would react. We look forward to them hearing the rest of the album next year.

TGJ: Likewise. So, could you run us through the creative process, exactly how are the new songs being crafted and how much unreleased material do you have to work with?

Barry: Sure. We’re working with 16 never before heard songs that were part of an album she was recording before she died. Fans will hear the same angelic tone they loved so much in these new songs.

TGJ: Upon confirmation of the project’s arrival , there was come confusion as to whether Aaliyah’s mother and brother were in support of it, could you explain what that was about for those who don’t know… and let us know how they feel about it as it stands today.

Barry: We always expected an unpleasant welcome this album.Due to the  fact we have control over the estate and authoritative over royalties we will be moving forward with this album.

We never wanted the bad press that’s come with the album. The family might of made statements about us not supporting their “daughter” but the fan support and peaceful intent behind it is the reason we’ve decided to go forth with it.

The Aaliyah Biopic is currently on hold until the Haughton family agree to go forward with it. Before the controversy Warner (who would fund the movie) wanted Keshia Chante to play the lead role, and Aaliyah friends play themselves. We can’t go forward until Aaliyah’s family agree to let us.

We’ve always been sympathetic to Aaliyah’s mourning,  and we’ll always love the  graceful and angelic girl she was to the Haughton family. To us, she’ll always be ‘baby girl’.

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TGJ: Thanks for answering that one, we know it can’t have been easy. Missy Elliott, Timbaland and DMX- all of whom Aaliyah considered friends- have all shared their thoughts on the release, was there any particular reason they weren’t called to collaborate with Drake and Noah Shebib?

Barry:  Due to circumstances, we can’t control the emotional toll of healing of her legacy like others. The intent is not to disrespect the family, nor do BlackGround Records want to shed any bad light around Aaliyah’s legacy.

We’d like to go in a different direction with the 16 tracks and have been more than open to work with past collaborators.

So, Damon Dash – her  ex fiance- is more than willing to assist  Drake and Noah in producing the  album.

TGJ: Oh wow. That’s great news. Let’s talk about money now.  How much financial backing and strategy are in place to push the album upon release, and if so- how important are sales to you at this point?

Barry: Our finances will be spent on pushing Aaliyah’s music to a new generation, but sales aren’t important to Blackground. What we’re interested in doing is uplifting her legacy and enjoying another decade #1 hits.

TGJ: You  house ‘Jumping Trains’ singer JoJo, as long standing supporters of both you and her, we’ve watched the label come under fire for a number of baseless rumors. For the record, could you explain her situation as it currently stands with Blackground and when we can expect her new LP?

Barry: We love JoJo! Her album is coming really soon, as will her video for ‘Demonstate’.

TGJ: That’s good to hear because we’ve been waiting a long time (laughs). So back to Aaliyah, how much pressure is there- if any at all- is there for you to match your previous successes in today’s market, and how beneficial do you feel this new project will be to the label holistically?

Barry: We really just want to give her fans new 16 unreleased tracks, in honor of her legacy and the fact this music deserves to be heard. Yes, today’s market is more of commercial  but Aaliyah has already left her mark in time, so we see this album as a way to just repave history. It’s well over due considering all the negative controversy that’s surrounded her name since she did.

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TGJ: Could you tell us what the album is called?

Barry: We’re actually still working on it, but we do have several album artworks that will come as part of the package.

TGJ: With any performer who passes as young as she did, the question of “what would they have done…” is an ever pressing one. What can you tell us about her plans before she died, and were there any potential projects in the pipeline around the time of her leaving?

Barry: She had just finished shooting ‘Queen Of The Damned’ and  was in the process of filming for The Matrix and had actually signed on to star in its  sequel.

The 16 unreleased tracks you’ll hear on this album were  a part of an album she was working on at the time. We’ve always wanted her to be number 1 and to continue to release material following the success of her final album.

TGJ: Finally, in the grand scheme of things, how do you want Aaliyah to be remembered?

Barry: We’d like for her to be remembered as the world’s greatest entertainer.

TGJ: Barry, it’s been a pleasure.

Barry: Thank you. We really want the fans to know that this album is not about fighting or money, but us wanting to give fans the opportunity to hear all this music we have of hers. It’s really about us giving them what they want.

*Interview by David Asante ( That Grape Juice, London)

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  • October 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    lulu says:
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    I’ve been looking for that star search clip forever. TGJ could have asked much better questions… I have even less respect for Barry now.

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  • October 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    Jumping Trains says:
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    YESS at his interview. Why were his answers so vague though but thanks for asking abut Jojo anyway.

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  • October 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    MC says:
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    Greedy assholes. You couldn’t leave her and her legacy in peace, could you? Of course not. There are lots of people like you (greedy, selfish people) in the world but few people like Aaliyah. She was truly gone too soon.

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    scorpio8 Replied:

    Yeah i can’t support this if her family don’t want this to happen. The girl gave her fans enough while she was here let her family mourn in private. talking about he owns the royalities and they don’t have a say shady as hell!!! Blackground haven’t been able to produce hits since she left, now they trying to do it while she’s gone! My heart goes out o her mother father and brother.

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  • October 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm
    BeyUnique says:
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    Loved the questions and feel a little better about this whole thing. I need them to call missy and timbo in to produce with dame and drake though.

    Oh, and Dame and Aaliyah were engaged?

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    Tina Replied:

    Yes they were engaged. But never made plans final about the wedding due to her videos, Queen of the Damned wrap up & also the matrix sequels she was shooting.

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  • October 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm
    EnoughSaid says:
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    I didn’t expect him to say all of this. So Aaliyahs family wont let there be a bio pic?

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  • October 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm
    Malaysia says:
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    they say their intent is not to disrespect Aaliyah’s family yet they are putting out a CD knowing well that her family doesn’t want it released…smh

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  • October 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm
    Sarah Says says:
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    Tut, Tut Uncle Barry

    *spits*

    TGJ I commend you for a half decent interview that didn’t involve you camping and queening it up as usual. I’m so glad you didn’t send Patty to do the interview.

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  • October 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm
    me says:
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    whatsn up with the illuminati picture?

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    Napoleon Replied:

    Yeah! You notice that also. It appears that we have more involved with illuminate that we realize. This picture is a slap in the face to the family and to those of us who knows what’s going on – what goes around,come around .

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  • October 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm
    Aaliyah Is Queen b**** says:
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    What a b****!!!! When TGJ asked how Aaliyah’s family felt about it Barry answered: “Due to the fact we have control over the estate and authoritative over royalties we will be moving forward with this album.” DAMN!!! SO BASICALLY HE’S SAYING THE HELL WITH WHAT HER IMMEDIATE FAMILY THINK. It’s funny how he dodged answering most of these questions, like how did Drake become involved with the entire project (not just one song) or explain why Missy and Timbaland weren’t involved. Wow I thought that being her uncle he would have been looking out for her, but CLEARLY he doesn’t give a s***! I remember he said something very cryptic on Aaliyah’s ‘Behind the Music,’ saying that if the plane crash wasn’t an accident God will deal with it. At first I didn’t think anything of it but now I’m thinking why wouldn’t it have been an accident? SHADY!!! But it’s ok because God doesn’t like ugly!

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  • October 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm
    Dev says:
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    “Due to the fact we have control over the estate and authoritative over royalties we will be moving forward with this album”

    This traslated means: we can do what the fawk we want regardless of her parents and brother.

    “We’d like to go in a different direction with the 16 tracks and have been more than open to work with past collaborators”

    This translated means: we don’t want anything to do with her past, you can say that you want to contribute, but we will not be entertaining your requests so save your emails and tweets Missy, Tim, DMX and anyother mo-fo who wants to get up on this joint. Drake is hot right now and he will ensure we make the money we want/need although we’re saying otherwise.

    ” We love JoJo! Her album is coming really soon, as will her video for ‘Demonstate”

    This translated means: JoJo will wait until we are ready! We have a contract that is so tight around her neck, that is she tries to move without permission she’s basically going to strangle herself. She knows the deal, dont worry about she.

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    Shari Replied:

    LMBO!!!!

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    Raheem Replied:

    lmfaooo Yes exactly what I was thinking!

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    PREACH

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  • October 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm
    Me Oh My says:
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    Have a lot of respect for you guys for doing this interview. Like for real.

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  • October 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm
    kisskiss says:
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    Why didn’t David push for more info when barry intentionally didn’t explain how drake got involved with the album?

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  • October 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    BlackBarbie627 says:
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    REAL AALIYAH FANS.
    BOYCOTT THAT ALBUM.
    if you buy that s*** you were never a true liyah fan.
    the disrespect and the NERVE Drake & Barry have ! even damon dash ?
    now i know why timbaland and missy were not invovled. they are on AALIYAH’S family’s side.

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    scorpio8 Replied:

    yea talking about he wanted to go in a different direction, naw muthaf***** they ain’t goin in your direction that’s why u turned to Drake!

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  • October 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm
    credits says:
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    That star search performance was on point. falsettos and vibratos. she always had a soft beautiful voice in her music but she sounds like a little powerhouse in that performance.

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  • October 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm
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    If you read this transcript closely, you’ll see that this man is full of the shadiest s*** on earth.

    He keeps saying what the fans what, but sir the fans are CURRENTLY showing ample amount of disfdain for this project and “this is what the fans want” I swear as a huge Aaliyah fan, I know so much about this man and how much of a horrible buisness man he is and I wish at least half of you guys knew so he could be stopped. It’s extremely sad.

    The other day Keisha Chante put out a very disrespectful tweet towards her family and brother. Like these people have no damn shame at all. “We have authoritive rights so we will be putting out this album” So basically f*** her immediate family, ya’ll will do what you want because you need the money. That’s nice, TGJ why didn’t you guys as him where the money that this project is creating is going too?! STRAIGHT TO THEIR POCKETS!

    I swear I can’t say this enough, Babygirl rest in heavenly peace & Lord have mercy on the souls of these money hungry people tainting your legacy.

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    Nick Replied:

    Hold up? What did lil miss Keshia say? Cause I’ll be getting on twitter JUST to let her ass have it!

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    scorpio8 Replied:

    ikr let me go hit up twitter now

    chales Replied:

    Keshia Chante need to stay out of this its not her faily she not an actress soo stfu

  • October 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm
    Nick says:
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    BARRY HANKERSON YOU ARE A PIECE OF SH!T! I hope DMX kicks your ass! How Tim, Missy AND DMX have more love for Liyah than you do and you are her damn UNCLE? Forreal son? No like forreal? So you basically saying the hell with what her MOTHER says or feels? WORD? The woman who carried that girl and gave birth to her? Rocked her to sleep as a baby? Took care of her when she was sick? All that sh1t? The woman who had to lose her daughter because you all rushed her to shoot a video to release a damn song? WORD BARRY? You forreal right now?

    Sounds to me that since her family won’t sign off on the movie you are going ahead with the album to spite them! I’ve heard many things about you Barry but I would NEVER expect this! I guess JoJo was right, along with Toni and MANY OTHERS! You’re a shady, money hungry, greedy POS! Karma is real and you better start believing in this!

    You know damn well this isn’t about OR for her fans! Her real fans don’t even care about an album! Her real fans care about her mothers wishes. No one wants to hear ad lids or demos or hooks extended into full length songs heavily edited and all that crap! They aren’t even good quality and you dodged the HELL out of those questions something serious-which usually happens when people LIE! Her parents are executors of her estate and I hope to GOD they have some type of legal standing to stop your ass and stop this mess. Here’s a clue, if everyone is against this and responded negatively maybe that’s sign it’s a bad idea! Get a clue. You disgust me.

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    nella Replied:

    Exactly!! This is gonna be an album of other artists featuring aaliyah. Some ppl are just greedy as f***. Maybe blackground isn’t doing so well and her ”uncle” is trying to ressucitate it. Boycotting this b*******. Family first, f*** the rest. f*** blackground and drake.

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  • October 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm
    Nick says:
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    Oh and Barry I know you read that! We can’t disrespect Blackground but you don’t have a problem disrespecting Ms. Diane? Shut up! We are disrespecting YOU!

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  • October 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm
    selena says:
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    Missing u aliyah. Rip!!!

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  • October 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    ES EL Q says:
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    IMO this album is coming way too late. It’s now been over a decade since her passing. For them to now just be putting out posthumous new material seems like a desperate money ploy. This album should have come out within the first five years of her death. Not 11 years later.

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    tiffany Replied:

    She already had a posthumous album released back in 2002 (I Care 4 U) and 2005 (Ultimate Aaliyah) so it’s not too late it’s just continuing on her legacy.

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    ES EL Q Replied:

    Weren’t those greatest hits albums? I’m talking about an album of previously unreleased material.

    tiffany Replied:

    Nope, they included new material.

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  • October 6, 2012 at 12:12 am
    ERIC says:
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    B.S.!! Anything she was recording during the time of “Queen” and “Matrix” was for the AALIYAH album, and one song was for Sparkle. Barry should be shamed for referring to her unfinished and discarded material as something she intended to be a part of an album that she didn’t complete. They aren’t truly “unreleased songs”. As many people as there are in the industry and who loved Aaliyah, Drake and anyone else who’s a part of the project is going to lose major respect across the board.

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  • October 6, 2012 at 1:30 am
    ENOUGH ONIKA says:
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    Is that Brandy on the right in the first pic? Was she on crack back then?? Not a flattering look ma’am.

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    Shynlow Replied:

    Yea this is Brandy lol

    & yall please follow me now: http://twitter.com/shynlownoam

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  • October 6, 2012 at 6:06 am
    WRITER says:
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    THIS ARTICLE PERFECTLY OUTLINES THE SITUATION ON THE NEW AALIYH ALBUM CHECK IT OUT!

    http://youknowigotsoul.com/?p=26517

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  • October 6, 2012 at 7:04 am
    Donnell says:
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    Guess they’re gonna wait for jojo to die before they put her album out.

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  • October 6, 2012 at 7:46 am
    nope says:
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    seriously,I dont think this album should come out.Just doesn’t seem right.

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  • October 6, 2012 at 9:50 am
    James227 says:
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    I said this before and I’ll say it again. This album should be boycotted. There should be NO monies made on this album and anything from Drake should be boycotted as well. These people are big time greedy m************.

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  • October 6, 2012 at 10:21 am
    mc the place to be!! says:
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    I hate that these money hungry ppl especially drake punk ass are messing with this wonderful and talented woman legacy. Its okay I’ll let god handle that

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  • October 6, 2012 at 11:53 am
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    There’s too much emotionality here. Were Aaliyah alive today, who’s to say she’d still be working with Missy and Timbaland? She’d probably be alongside Brandy and Monica, making a comeback with more current producers.

    I find it VERY interesting that Blackground has control over Aaliyah’s estate AND authoritative over royalties – as opposed to her family/heirs. Aaliyah being so young at the time of her death, I assume there was no will left behind. Either Aaliyah owed money to Blackground before she died, and Blackground won control in a probate court, or the original contract was beyond iron-clad.

    I think Blackground has been respectful in terms of waiting long enough after Aaliyah’s death before moving forward with this project.

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    fred Replied:

    you are stupid

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  • October 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm
    Michael says:
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    Barry is very shady. Has the one who ruin toni’s career. Back when toni was going to court trying to get money arista stole from her. And back when toni started going through bankruptcy. Toni was also managed by Barry. And toni was getting that superstar money back then. He went behind toni back and told arista that toni didn’t want to work with him. And lied and told toni they didn’t want to work with her. So toni signed with blackground. Then artista didn’t no longer wanted to work with her. Toni found out that Barry solved millions from her And every time she asked for receipt and accounting working she found out. He stole millions from her. And that’s the reason why she had to do Vegas cause he wouldn’t let her out of her management contract and recording contract. So she sued him to get out. She had to pay him back the advance check she received from libra. He had control over who could manage her that’s why she went to vince. And she had to give him a percentage of the earnings off of her next plumb to him. And that time toni felled ill and wasn’t able to get out of debt. And that’s part of why she had to file for bankruptcy the second. She had to cancelled her Vegas tour and she didn’t want the promoters and tour sponsors to sue her for money she no longer has. And she was already in court getting sued by her stylish that styled her during her Vegas tour. But her doing braxton family values helped her get out of debt. Now she has a networth of $10 million. Radar is worth $3 million. Isiah Classic Food by Isiah Hurts is available on kindle.

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  • October 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    sofiya says:
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    If it’s about giving the fans what we want, why doesn’t he hear us? Cut Drake’s involvement . Enough Said sucked and I say that as a die hard Aaliyah fan. I liked hearing her voice again but the whole song could have been better.

    Unless of course the real reason is this: Money motivates us and Drake’s involvement means his herd of fans will buy the album too. We don’t give a s*** what you guys think.

    Was that really him? Because the idea of a movie with keshia chante starring as Aaliyah and her friends as themselves sounds completely fucktarded.

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  • October 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    Donnell says:
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    It’s been said that he was the one who leaked the R Kelly s** tape because he was mad that R Kelly no longer wanted him to be his manager. He’s a snake. He screwed up toni braxton’s career. I really feel for jojo cause they’re never letting her out of her contract. I really think they’re gonna wait until she’s dead and release her demos like they’re doing with aaliyah. That’s the only explanation for this crap. She’s worth more dead than alive. I don’t think enough said is a bad song, but having drake executive produce the project was the wrong thing to do. If anything they should’ve done a greatest hits album and had about 3 new songs as a gift to the fans. But a whole album, especially without the family’s blessing is too much.

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  • October 8, 2012 at 5:55 am
    Geezy says:
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    I feel blackground motives are sneaky and their intention are to make a quick buck rather then honor Aaliyah’s legacy.

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  • October 8, 2012 at 10:33 am
    WTF says:
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    Cmon we’re not dumb if they are not doing it for the money like they all say then why dont they give the profit they make from the record to some kind of charity foundations in her name… or give the fans a free down load so they can her new music from her unstead of Drake, Dash and all them other c*** face users making money of her legacy they make me sick!

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  • October 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm
    rtz says:
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    “We’d like to go in a different direction with the 16 tracks..”

    f*ck that ! just keep it real, i’d rather get no new songs than some fake aaliyah ish

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  • October 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    Tina says:
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    I think this is beyond DISRESPECTFUL!! Im appauled he would even try to do something like this. But then again that’s what sneaky, manipulative & GREEDY people do.
    Even though her family sti;ll hasn’t said it’s ok to release it should have been enough. He is basically saying I dont care, I’m gonna get the money for it reguardless.
    Alsio for Drake to head up the album just to make it “fresh” for the new opr younger generation is RIDICULOUS.. Aaliyah fans loved her because her music was ORIGINAL from her, Missy & Timbaland.
    For them to go another way & NOT include Missy or Timbaland is STUPID! They were a few of the only people who knew her vibe with her music & beats etc.
    If you are a TRUE Aaliyah fan, You would be the first to get this album released because it’s Her music by & from her & who she trusted..
    ** I think he should have Respected The Haughton family * NOT released it yet!!**

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  • October 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm
    Georgeeee says:
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    Well, from this interview, we don’t really know much apart from the fact that the record label are going AGAINST Aaliyah’s family’s wishes. They. Don’t. Want. An. Album. WHY CAN’T YOU SEE THAT, BARRY? I’ll tell you why, because you’re a power hungry money loving piece of crap.
    I’d love nothing more than to have a new Aaliyah album (even though it’d probably be heavily edited and sound very similar to today’s crap) but if Aaliyah’s family don’t want it, then I don’t want it. They aren’t ready. They aren’t ready for a movie. They are still mourning the death of their baby girl. I’d love to see Aaliyah back in the charts someday. But not now. If her family don’t want it, I don’t want it.

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  • October 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    chris says:
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    I am very sceptical about how real this interview is. The answers do not sound like they come from Aaliyah’s UNCLE…… they are also very vague. I doubt this is real.

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    EnoughSaid Replied:

    He retweeted it himself and Aaliyah’s official Facebook page just uploaded it.
    https://twitter.com/BarryHankerson/status/254417775626424320

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    AzzIzz Replied:

    The account on Twitter is fake, mostly like this interview – it’s probably the same person behind both. And Aaliyah doesn’t have official Facebook – it’s run by fans.

  • October 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm
    Bryan says:
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    Wow. This whole interview basically boiled down to money. What got me is the fact that Missy and Tim won’t have a place on the new album, yet Barry claims that Blackground isn’t that concerned with profit. “Younger crowd”…hmm. I see…he thinks we’re sheeple.

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    [...] Aaliyah’s family agrees to let us,” Blackground Records CEO Barry Hankerson shared with That Grape Juice Saturday. “We’ve always been sympathetic to Aaliyah’s mourning, and we’ll [...]

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    [...] divided over the upcoming posthumous release from the late Aaliyah. Now, in a recent interview with That Grape Juice, the man behind the album Barry Hankerson speaks on the controversial [...]

  • October 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm
    Nicole says:
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    so this is what we are going to do. BOYCOTT THE SHYT!!!! go to this link. its Change.org and there is already a boycott petition in place.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/drake-prohibited-from-touching-aaliyah-s-unreleased-music#%20

    we need to stop this fuckery. i just cant with these ratchet money hungry negroids. SIGN IT PEOPLE!!!!

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  • October 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm
    ISAIAH says:
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    HELL YES AALIYAH LIVES ON WE LOVE YOU AND ITS GOING TO BE WONDERFUL TO HEAR HER AGAIN!!!!!

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    [...] Uncle and the CEO of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson did a recent interview with That Grape Juice and shed light on what fans can expect from the posthumous album, how Drake became involved in the [...]

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    [...] to reports and an interview with That Grape Juice, the family has yet to approve the production of the film, but the controversial 16-track album is [...]

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    [...] currently on hold until the Haughton family agree to go forward with it,” Hankerson explained to That Grape Juice. “Before the controversy Warner [the film studio is on board to fund the movie] wanted Keshia [...]

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    [...] more: That Grape Juice Filed Under: Entertainment, Music var OB_langJS = 'http://widgets.outbrain.com/lang_en.js'; [...]

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    [...] Elliot, Barry’s son Jomo Hankerson and Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton.) In an interview with ThatGrapeJuice, Hankerson reveals, among other things, that the material (16 tracks) in question is all apparently [...]

  • October 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm
    Latisha says:
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    I was and still am an avid aaliyah fan just earlier this year I was pregnant and I had a miscarriage i dont know for sure whether it was a boy or a girl but when asked I banked on it being a girl and decided to name her aaliyah and I just got her name tattooed on my forearm, that being said just like he mentioned how everyone wonders after certain superstars pass what wouldve been I personally do not agree with the release of a movie but I myself have spent the last 11 years wondering about music that she may have left behind dont really agree with drake being one of the producers but I can understand missy and timbo not being ready to take part in it. The release of this album does not mean the label is in need of money or even recognition for doing this album, instead its their way of just letting Aaliyahs final thoughts that were left unheard be heard by anyone who was a fan then and all young kids now who dont really know how extremely talented this young lady was. I really do hope that her family and friends will give the consent for this album to be released cause I for one know good music when I hear it and to keep letting our young generation of young girls look up to people such as NICKI MINAJ just aint cutting it for me they deserve something better they deserve to hear true music from the heart not a bunch of lies and garbage. Please people Aaliyah had so much more she wanted to do and say before her life was abruptly taken I know that we are all still mouring her death but I would give anything just to hear her sing one more note and to once again leave her mark for the new generation. Signed her BIGGEST FAN R.I.P BABY GIRL

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    lili Replied:

    I like what you say, I also believe that young people should know that is the good misica and that nothing better than aaliyah, her voice, her style and all that follows representando.perdon if you do not understand something of what I mean. I’m from Argentina and therefore not much English and dijo.como tradusco what I would like in my country as we all knew her forever .. aaliyah best!

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    [...] spoke on what is actually happening with the project, in an exclusive interview with That Grape Juice. Below is a few of the important anecdotes from their interview with [...]

  • October 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    Latisha says:
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    I was and still am an avid aaliyah fan just earlier this year I was pregnant and I had a miscarriage i dont know for sure whether it was a boy or a girl but when asked I banked on it being a girl and decided to name her aaliyah and I just got her name tattooed on my forearm, that being said just like he mentioned how everyone wonders after certain superstars pass what wouldve been I personally do not agree with the release of a movie but I myself have spent the last 11 years wondering about music that she may have left behind dont really agree with drake being one of the producers but I can understand missy and timbo not being ready to take part in it. The release of this album does not mean the label is in need of money or even recognition for doing this album, instead its their way of just letting Aaliyahs final thoughts that were left unheard be heard by anyone who was a fan then and all young kids now who dont really know how extremely talented this young lady was. I really do hope that her family and friends will give the consent for this album to be released cause I for one know good music when I hear it and to keep letting our young generation of young girls look up to people such as NICKI MINAJ just aint cutting it for me they deserve something better they deserve to hear true music from the heart not a bunch of lies and garbage. Please people Aaliyah had so much more she wanted to do and say before her life was abruptly taken I know that we are all still mouring her death but I would give
    anything just to hear her sing one more note and to once again leave her mark for the new generation. Signed her BIGGEST FAN R.I.P BABY GIRL

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    fred Replied:

    your baby was a boy

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    charles Replied:

    Im sorry for your loss.aint that the truth nikki minaj aint cutting it she a fake left eye she losing it marah carey more woman and more class than that wanna be rapper

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    [...] ThatGrapeJuice spoke with Aaliyah’s uncle and manager to the rights of her estate Barry Hankerson about the controversial posthumous album. The one some YMCMB fellas are part of but Missy and Timbaland aren’t. Barry: We always expected an unpleasant welcome this album. Due to the fact we have control over the estate and authoritative over royalties we will be moving forward with this album. [...]

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    [...] over the upcoming posthumous release from the late Aaliyah. Now, in a recent interview with That Grape Juice, the man behind the album Barry Hankerson speaks on the controversial [...]

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    [...] C’est la consternation auprès des fans, comment cet album peut il respecter l’esprit d’Aaliyah si ses collaborateurs et amis de toujours, ne font pas partis du projet ? I’m speechless. Comme tous, j’ai réagi vivement sur la toile à l’écoute du titre « Enough Said » où Drake s’est payé le luxe de chanter en duo avec la belle. Si elle ne l’a pas fait de son vivant, pourquoi morte l’associé à lui? Je pensais toucher le fond jusqu’à la lecture aujourd’hui de l’interview de l’oncle d’Aaliyah qui tente de justifier son « choix ». L’article ici [...]

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    [...] and authoritative over royalties; we will be moving forward with this album,” he tells That Grape Juice. “We never wanted the bad press that’s come with the album. The family might have [...]

  • October 9, 2012 at 11:14 pm
    Asa says:
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    This whole thing makes me sick. I feel for her family and close friends.

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  • October 10, 2012 at 1:15 am
    Jasmine says:
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    I think its wrong to go through with it if her family isn’t behind it….her fans are behind it…yeah right I here more of a no then a yes…and if anybody was to do her album it should be people she was around…they are just trying to make money off of her….I still havn’t lsiten to that sog jimmy from degrassi did and I never will because of that….this whole interview (when he said) sounded like bull to me…

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  • October 10, 2012 at 5:21 am
    Nyisha says:
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    Imagine Barry’s relationship with his sister. I am furious with this man, disregarding the wishes of her family. Lord forgive me because I will not support this album in any way. What a freakin crook. I always want to support everything associated with Aaliyah but I think she will forgive me for this one. I am praying for this situation that the Lords will be done and not the will of a pompous, weasle, snake, crook of a man who has no care for his own blood, just disgusting. I wish there were someting we as fans could do to stop this selfish self absorbed self centered criminal from doing this.

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  • October 11, 2012 at 7:13 am
    Raheem says:
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    I still don’t understand why Timbo and Missy can’t at least be on ONE track? I mean damn, I’m sure they probably originally produced one of those 16 original tracks and now you’re just gonna scrap the instrumental for a dreary Noah 40 beat? He doesn’t know how to do an uptempo beat to save his life *sigh*

    Plus, BlackGround need to start paying Jojo some damn respect! They messed up her Demonstrate success, that song could have been as huge as Motivation but ya’ll slept on her! SMH

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    [...] Details on the project here. [...]

  • October 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    charles says:
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    I read most of the comment i agree with them barry is a greeddy old b****** if her mom didnt want this than he should respect her wishes.Barry remines me of joe jackson making money off of death family memeber.Both are the devl if they make money off of this him n that punk drake,out of respect for this beautiful qween aaliyah they should have this money goes to charity in honor of aaliyah.I think illumiantti kill people so they can make money off of them

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  • November 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    Babyboo says:
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    I can’t wait for Aaliyah album I miss her<3 her

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    lili Replied:

    I also want to hear your sweet voice and we all have it in our radios and oilrla on the street and it was like I was never gone. I just want to live a dream!

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    [...] If a contribution by Drake does come to fruition, it will mark what appears to be a rising trend led by Blackground Records, who- as mentioned earlier- named the Rapper the lead Creative on Aaliyah‘s forthcoming effort. [...]

  • April 9, 2013 at 10:44 pm
    Win Quibids says:
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    Hi there, I found this blog once, then lost it. Took me forever to come back and discover it. I wanted to view what comments you got. Good blog by the way.

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    [...] an interview with That Grape Juice, he opened up about the controversial album:  “The intent is not to disrespect the [...]

  • June 24, 2013 at 2:26 am
    Mercedes says:
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    I feel like dame and her uncle are shady characters I feel like they had a part in her death. Her record label was suspose to make sure she had a proper f****** plane to catch this I real shady rip Aaliyah no disrespect but her uncles a ass clown I hope he doesn’t make a penny off of Aaliyah anymore.

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