Remembering the Angel Aaliyah: Eight Years Later
Honoring the beautiful and extremely talented Aaliyah Dana Haughton. Eight years ago on this date, one of the brightest rising stars of our generation crashed out of the sky in a devastating and shocking plane crash. She was returning home from shooting a music video in the Bahamas for the hit song “Rock the Boat”, from her third and self titled album Aaliyah.
At only 22 years-old, Aaliyah had already established an illustrious career for herself, with millions of die hard fans and a string of #1 hits, and her budding career as a movie star.
Aaliyah was truly one in a million, as her signature hit song and multi-platinum selling album namesake suggests.
Stunningly gorgeous with dark flowing hair, lean & agile body, angelic whispery signature vocals and a dark, mysterious and unscathed persona, Aaliyah could be likened to a coy fish swimming upstream against the music and style current of that time.
At the time, she and her sound were so unique. Aaliyah ushered in the stuttering, futuristic production created by Timbaland which is so prevalent today. She ran the style trend of woman wearing baggy pants and tube tops, so cool, so street – but sweet.
She stayed true to her own unique style differentiating herself from the pack. Artistic, sci-fi, futuristic, melancholy; Aaliyah took things that weren’t usually equated with R&B/Hip-Hop soul, and made the cool, sexy, smooth her own.
Aaliyah so subtly fused hip-hop and R&B and still maintained an innocence, yet an undeniable confidence.
Beyond her beauty, talent and success, Aaliyah is known for her extreme kindness, manners and gentle spirit – something that all who worked with her can attest to.
The Music industry was something very different in the mid-late 90′s and during that time she was one of the leaders.
No one like her has come before nor will come again. “The Highest Most Exalted One” Aaliyah, may she be honored and rest in peace.