Aaliyah Dana Haughton-16/01/1979 - 25/08/01
Where do i start?
Aaliyah was an artist who I grew up with she was cool when she came on the scene and my peer group related to her cause she wasn’t much older than us. She was an amazing talent that was taken away from us when she was about to take over the music scene.
I was a fan since her second album "one in a million" as I was way to young when her first album, which she released at the age of 14, "age ain't nothing but a number" was released. Her first album was mentored by R. Kelly but her second album was mentored by producing greats Timberland and Missy Elliot. The first album had some amazing tracks which included "age ain't nothing but and number", "back and forth" and "at your best, you are love". These are all tracks which I still play now she was the r'n'b jam princess after the queen Mary J Blige. Each track was amazing and for a fourteen year old this young girl sang songs which were grown and was competing with grown female r'n'b artists.
The second album was amazing and it had crazy beats which were to be expected from Missy and Timberland. Aaliyah had a soulful voice and I will admit I was under her spell as was the rest of the r'n'b world. She had me and from the second album she released hit tracks "hot like fire", "4 page letter", "one in a million" and one of my favourite tracks "if your girl only knew" (I actually own this single on cassette, it was a b side with "one in a million"). I was in love with Aaliyah by this time and her music was regularly "bumping" on my stereo.