Rumors of another posthumous Aaliyah album featuring previously unreleased songs have been circulating. Jeffrey “J-Dub” Walker of Diddy’s production team, The Hitmen, tweeted on Monday:
Just got great news today; the smash unreleased song called “Steady Ground” I produced on #Aaliyah is gonna be on her upcoming album
The tweet has since been deleted. J. Dub is responsible for “I Refuse” and “What If” from the singer’s final studio album, 2001’s Aaliyah.
One of the song on this potential album will be the song Steady Ground. Walker previously revealed Steady Ground was intended to be included on Aaliyah but was left off due to technical problems with the recording. “It was really the first single after ‘Rock the Boat,’ but my engineer was mixing the record and somehow lost the vocals. So the vocals that you hear are really just the demo vocals,” says Walker. “The final vocals got erased, so yeah. So that’s why it didn’t make the album.” Steady Ground, which you can stream below, features guest vocals from longtime Aaliyah collaborator, Stephen “Static Major” Garrett, known as one third of the R&B group Playa and for producing hits, including Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop.” Garrett tragically passed in February 2008 from respiratory distress.
According to Idolator, Aaliyah’s brother, Rashad Haughton, tweeted Tuesday (March 6) that “no official album [is] being released and supported by the Haughton family,” but he did not deny that her label and producers were working on the project.