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A very open Timbaland stopped by Power 105.1′s “The Breakfast Club” to talk a number of topics — including his upcoming album, Shock Value III, as well as his thoughts on Nicki Minaj’s brain, Drake’s angry, and the success the late Aaliyah might have been able to attain had she not died in that fatal plane crash.

Some of the excerpts below:

On a Missy Elliott/Nicki Minaj collaboration: “Missy would want that. I wanna do that with this record. I know Nicki like Missy. I think it should be for [Missy’s album] more than mine. I think it would make more of a statement to be with hers. I think if it was a record for mine, I would give it to her.”

On who he sees having longevity: Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. “She has a brain. I look at her as a woman now,” he said of Nicki. He also co-signed A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz.

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On Drake: “I look at Drake and he seems like he angry, some internal problems. That’s my dude, but sometimes I be like, you alright?”

On recording a collaboration with Drake and Aaliyah: “I know they tryna drop some Aaliyah records. I got something that I never put out. I’m trying to get one done now just for the fans, but if [Drake] do it, it should be with me and him and Missy. The best decision what the fans would want to see is all three of us. It can’t be something to make money off of ’cause I think it’s wrong to make money off the dead.”

On where Aaliyah’s career would be now: “I think she would have been Beyoncé status ’cause she was the first one who was doing all those things.”

You can watch the interview over at Rap-Up.


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