Noah Shebib recently sat with VIBE Magazine for a full interview of many topics, which included the posthumous Aaliyah LP. 40 Talked about how he felt about doing it, the vibes he got from Timbaland and others and what ultimately made him decide to can the project altogether. Read the excerpt below. The issue is on newsstands or online now.
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.