*Aaliyah is featured on Drake’s latest unreleased project, ‘Enough Said,’ but the late singer’s family wants to make it clear that they had no part in the bit.
Rashad Haughton, the singer’s brother posted a message on Aaliyah’s Facebook fan page, explaining the situation.
“There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family,”
All rumors, but according to reports, Drake could be producing Aaliyah’s first posthumous album and the song will be the first off the compilation of songs.
While Drake has a nice little reputation and is probably a big fan, many critics think he’s out of his place for attempting a task like this, especially because he never knew Aaliyah. (Yes, the photo of Aaliyah and Drake above is doctored.) Instead, many have suggested either Timbaland or Missy Elliot get on the project.
By the way, “Enough Said” is a track made for Drake, in which he calls out Chris Brown. Diss track + Aaliyah = bad idea.
*Singer, Musiq Soulchild has decided to take a step break from singing and delve a little deeper in the production and writing side of things.
He says after releasing six albums, it’s about time for a little vacation of sorts.
“I think I want to take a step back a little bit as an artist,” Musiq confirmed in an interview Monday.
He’s already kicking off the vacation and has been working with artists like Chrisette Michele and Bow Wow.
“I’m not going to stop performing or being an artist. I do enjoy singing and all of that, but it takes away from being creative. At least with being a writer-producer you can constantly create and make music and things like that,” he said.
The singer is off to writing a book about love, relationships and of course, music. It’ll likely be in stores in the summer.
*Sherri Shepherd has yet another project to add to her resume of work that includes a long list of talk show hosting, acting, and even game show hosting.
Now she’s returning to the big screen for a film adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s popular mystery series “One for the money.”
“I love working,” says Shepherd. “If somebody took away my jobs, I don’t know what I would do. I’m just the kind of person who has to stay busy.”
She’s got more going on, by the way.
Author of a book will also be added next to executive producing a new sitcom.
But like she says, she loves working, and who wouldn’t when unemployment is astronomical.
Anyway, in an interview with Essence.com, she admitted that spending a lot of time with television has left her longing for more films and big screen action.
“I miss it a lot; which is why I’m so appreciative when I book a part. It’s hard being in New York when they cast out of LA, and I can’t just fly out there when I have to work. I love the entire process of being on the set and being able to create a character. It’s so much fun. In ‘Think Like a Man,’ I have a very small part. They told me it wasn’t a big budget, but I don’t care about any of that. I’ll do it for free simply because I love being on the set with other creative people.
Check out the full interview here.
*Swizz Beatz has been given the honor of teaching students at New York University as the school’s first producer in residence. He says while he’s teaching, he’ll be helping students launch their careers.
“For me, the music comes last,” Swizz reveals. “Well, in my heart the music comes first. But living in this world and being realistic, the music comes last and the business comes first. You might have a hot single, and you might not be prepared for it.”
The producer’s goal is to be real with the students and help them set realistic goals while listening to their work.
“I still have my plan, by the way!” Swizz says, regarding a drawing he made of himself in a DJ booth with a compass at the age of 17, indicating his intention to expand beyond the horizons of the South Bronx neighborhood he grew up in. “Ninety-six percent of the students here are not ready to go off to the races, as you can see … I know they want me to sit here and jam to these beats and have me tell them, ‘That was hot!’ But I feel I’d be wasting their time.”
In being real, Beatz is encouraging his students to get CDs made to hand out to their local hangouts and register their music with ASCAP. He shared his thoughts about the hustle aspect of the game and plans to show the kids the ropes. He wants to not only nurture their talent, but also to help them make some money along the way.