Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad, hopped on her Facebook page yesterday and claimed there is no Aaliyah album in the works that is endorsed by her family.
That’s confusing since her label’s logo (ran by her uncle Barry Hankerson) was included on the official artwork that was released. That track was definitely endorsed by the label. This could have all been Rashad’s way of saying that the project (which may be in production) is not supported by her immediate family.
When news of a potential album executive produced by Drake surfaced, Timbaland blasted the project saying:
I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if he do it, it should be with me and Missy. The proper way for him to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record. But to put it on his record, would just not be right.
Now, XXL magazine is saying that Timbaland is on board and producing at least two new songs. They also say that the bulk of the production will be handled by Drake’s frequent collaborator Noah “40″ Shebib.
So, it looks like the album may be a “go” despite her family’s protests. As for a biopic on his sister’s life? Rashad is against that too. Necole Bitchie goes on to say:
On her facebook, Aaliyah’s brother also shut down rumors of a biopic in production by first posing the question, ‘Biopic Yes or No?’ and then posting, “No female I’ve seen can play my sister.” -Rashad
This potential Aaliyah movie has been talked about for years. Meagan Good, Destiny Lightsy and Keisha Chante have all discussed playing Aaliyah. Rumor had it that Keisha Chante (Drake’s ex-girlfriend) was ultimately chosen to play the late singer and Dreamgirls director, Bill Condon, was going to direct the film.
The film was reportedly stalled because the family wasn’t on board back then…and it sounds as though they’re not on board now either. A few months ago, Keisha said in an interview that Aaliyah’s family is still mourning her loss and they aren’t ready to share her story and create a film.
Though many of us would like to see it, it’s completely understandable for her family to be against a movie about her life. Who would want want someone digging around in their daughter or sister’s past trying to find dirt to expose in a movie? Besides that, you never know how you’re going to be portrayed. It would likely be the same for an Aaliyah flick. Still, it seems that everyone involved would be interested in ultimately preserving her memory and celebrating her life.
They came out with a movie about Notorious B.I.G twelve years after his untimely death and his family was heavily involved. This year happens to be the 11th anniversary of Aaliyah’s passing. Maybe her family will have a change of heart and decide to get behind a biopic soon? It’s not likely.
What do you think? Would you like to hear a new Aaliyah album or a see a movie about her life?