Rappers Drake and Missy Elliott took to Twitter.com on Thursday (16Jan14) to remember tragic singer Aaliyah on what would have been her 35th birthday.
He says, The world reacting to Drake's involvement so negatively, I just wanted nothing to do with it
The Age Ain't Nothing But a Number hitmaker perished in a plane crash in August, 2001, but her music lives on - and close friend Elliott and superfan Drake joined devotees who paid tribute to the forever 22 year old on her birthday.
Drake, who recorded a posthumous duet with Aaliyah on the song Enough Said, tweeted, "Happy birthday Aaliyah. Never forget you babe. Love you," while Missy added, "HappyBirthdayAaliyah we think of u everyday we miss u more than ever! U can never be duplicated. Your (sic) a 1 in a Million!" Beyonce's singersongwriter sister Solange Knowles also paid tribute to the singer, tweeting, "Happy 35th our forever baby girl... Our forever magic... Aaliyah".
Her birthday comes just days after news broke that a a planned tribute album in her honour has been scrapped.
Drake announced plans to release a unheard samples from the R&B star last year (13), but after fans and members of Aaliyah's family criticised the album, he quit the project, and now producer Noah Shebib tells Vibe.com the album has been shelved altogether.
He says, "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 naive to the politics surrounding Aaliyah's legacy. (Aaliyah's) mother saying 'I don't want this out' was enough for me. I walked away very quickly".