For fans of Aaliyah, confirmation of the release of her first posthumous album came as bittersweet news.
Boasting previously unreleased material from the star, the project’s premise- though welcomed by some fans- has also found itself on the wrong end of many a public opinion. Opinions, which suggest her label, BlackGround Records, have gone against the wishes of her immediate family by crafting the LP.
Now, in an interview with Aaliyah‘s uncle and Black Ground CEO Barry Hankerson taken just this morning, he has revealed the singer’s ex fiance Damon Dash is to assist Young Money’s Drake on producing the piece.
Exclusive details below…
Excerpt from interview:
That Grape Juice ( David Asante): 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?
BlackGround: The stars grieve just as much as the Haughton family do.
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 – Aaliyah’s Ex fiance- is more than willing to assist Drake and Noah in producing the upcoming album.
Keep it locked on That Grape Juice for the full interview in the coming hours. An interview, which sees the ground breaking label answer the questions we know you want answers to.
From the project’s financial backing, to their handling of JoJo‘s forthcoming release.