Listening to this song on repeat while I write this post. Sigh.
Aaliyah was one of my favourite artistes, from the moment I saw that video above I was a fan.
I remember the day I heard the news, it was a Sunday and my mother was in the kitchen preparing lunch when she called out my name. She had just heard on the radio about a R&B artist who died in a plane crash and she wanted to know if I knew the person. When she called Aaliyah’s name, I could not believe it. I called my friend immediately and asked if she heard the news. I didn’t know how to react, I did not cry at that point maybe because I was stunned.
I watched BET and MTV all day, all week as they paid tribute to her, played all her music, showed interviews with her but I did not cry. You know when I cried? When my mother bought me her second album One in a Million. She handed it to me and I bawled and I didnt stop for the entire night. It finally hit me, she was gone.
The tears stopped but I listened to that album every day for months. Then came the video for Rock the Boat and the tears returned and I sat by my mother’s television and I cried from beginning to end.
I miss her and I often wonder what she would have been like now, what her music would have been like. I was having a discussion with a friend today and we were talking about Aaliyah and my friend said if she was around now I probably would not have been a big fan, I probably would have stopped liking her music. Aaliyah was an amazing artiste and she had an equally amazing team behind her including Timbaland and Missy Elliot so I know I would have loved her music now if she was alive.
As I mention Timbaland and Missy, I know there was a bit of drama with plans to release another Aaliyah album but Drake would have been the executive producer. There was a lot of criticism out there about his involvement especially after the release of the single ‘Enough Said’ featuring Drake (which I like) and persons wondered where Timbaland and Missy were in all of this. Thankfully, the last thing I read was they were going to be involved and quite frankly, I am relieved. You can’t do an Aaliyah album without them, so I look forward to it.
In the meantime, I’ll continue playing her music.
What’s your favourite Aaliyah song? Comment below and let me know 🙂