Timbaland Keeps True to His Word and Releases New Aaliyah Music

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
Ten-year-old Ravyn Charles (top), with her brother, 15-year-old Joshua, writes a message on a billboard for the late singer and actress Aaliyah Aug. 28, 2001, on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Calif. 
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Back in August, hip-hop mega-producer Timbaland told us that he had unreleased Aaliyah music that he planned to share with the world. 

He kept true to his word, and on Christmas Day he released a new track called “Shakin” that features himself and Babygirl. The song appears on his new mixtape, King Stays King.


“Aaliyah.. This is for you baby,” Timbaland tweeted.


Aaliyah’s whispery and sultry signature voice laces the chorus, with Timbaland’s ad-libs backing her up, as always.

Rest in peace, Aaliyah.

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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