It has been 15 years since Aaliyah died in a plane crash, ending a life and career that were only beginning to realize their full potential.
For her debut, he paired her with Kelly, who produced and wrote most of the songs on , released in 1994.
The title track, written by Kelly, was a hit, but in retrospect, it was also a not-so-coded reference to their clandestine sexual relationship.
Aaliyah was 14 when the song was released; Kelly was 27.
On August 31, 1994, they were secretly married, with Aaliyah claiming to be 18 on the marriage certificate.
To replace Kelly, he recruited an emerging songwriting/production duo from Virginia Beach, Missy Elliott and Timbaland, to work on the next album.
Released in 1996, went double platinum on the backs of singles like the title track and “If Your Girl Only Knew,” which both became radio hits thanks to Timbaland’s innovative production style, Elliott’s memorable hooks, and Aaliyah’s effortlessly icy vocals.
It’s not an artistic statement or a play for more money, and there’s no dedicated Aaliyah-only streaming service in the works.
Instead, there’s a single, stubborn man, sitting on a catalog that includes almost all of her most famous work, as well as albums from Timbaland and Toni Braxton, and a trove of unreleased original material that’s never before been heard.
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