Drake announced in late 2013 that he and Noah “40” Shebib’s work on the late singer, Aaliyah’s album would be axed because of a massive negative public reaction towards the project.
Still, Drizzy previewed a track on Instagram in December and also on Monday (February 3). The track was performed at Club Griffin in New York City when Drake performed with French Montana.
Last month, Noah “40” Shebib spoke on the final decision to can the album. “The world reacting to Drake’s involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it,” he said. “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.”