It looks Timbaland might bless our ears this month with a vintage song from the late singer Aaliyah. According to Rolling Stone, the famed producer announced the release of his mixtape King Stays King this Christmas Day, and it’ll feature an unreleased melody from the “One In A Million” artist.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been able to give the world some new music,” Timbo said in a statement. “I’ve spent a lot of time working on this project and I am just looking forward to giving my fans some dope sounds to close out the year.”
The 16-track project will be available for free and features guest spots from Rich Homie Quan, Mila J, Young Thug and Blaze. My Mixtapez will also host the compilation.
News of a never-before-heard track from Aaliyah also comes on the heels of Timbaland hinting at a full-length project of locked-away music from the Detroit songbird. On Instagram, the Virginia native wrote, “People ask me all the time do I have any babegirl music we haven’t heard!!!!! Well, the answer is yes!!!!!!! TIMBO x BABEGIRL!!!!! Sneak peek coming!!!!!!!” Maybe the sneak peek might be what we’ll hear in a couple of weeks.
Tim isn’t the only person interested in releasing new Aaliyah sounds. Drake and Noah “40” Shebib planned to create an entire project with her posthumous melodies. But the soundscape never came to fruition:
Aaliyah’s label Blackground—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.