Timbaland, Aaliyah

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Aaliyah may physically be gone, but her music lives on.

Timbaland kept his promise and recently shared a previously unreleased track featuring the late singer, who was tragically killed in a plane crash more than 14 years ago at the age of 22. The single, "Shakin," dropped on Christmas Day as part of a larger mixtape by the producer called King Stays King.

While the track also features sounds from Timbaland and emcee Strado, all attention is understandably given to Aaliyah's hook. Her sultry and smooth vocals instantly take us back to the '90s, while grooving to the beat and listening to her melodic storytelling of a man who keeps her shakin' with his love makin'.

"Aaliyah.. This is for you baby," Timbaland wrote on Twitter when releasing the link for his mixtape on Friday. According to Billboard, the project—which also features cameos from Young Thug, Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Tink, and 2 Chainz, among others—is intended as a preview of his forthcoming full-length, Textbook Timbo, which is due out early next year. 

Timbaland teased never-before-heard music from Aaliyah back in August, when he posted a photo of Aaliyah's face in the clouds, and wrote, "Attention!!!!! People ask me all the time do I have any babegirl music we haven't heard !!!!!well the answer is YES!!!!!!!! TIMBO x BABEGIRL !!!!! Sneak peak coming !!!!!!!"

Though an official collection of previously unreleased music from Aaliyah was released in 2002 as I Care 4 U, more tracks have resurfaced in the following years after her death in 2001.

This isn't the first time an artist has used Aaliyah's voice on a track after her death. Drake, who has openly expressed his admiration for the singer, released "Enough Said," which was meant to be part of a larger tribute.

But by 2014, the project was apparently shelved, with Drake's producer, Noah "40" Shebib, saying, "[Aaliyah's] mother saying 'I don't want this out' was enough for me. I walked away very quickly."

In 2013, an Aaliyah hook was featured on Chris Brown's "Don't Think They Know" from his album X, which quickly drew criticism from Timbaland who said, "Aaliyah music only work with its soulmate, which is me."

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