HNHH remembers Aaliyah on what would have been her 35th birthday today.
13 years ago, Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash at the tender age of 22 when returning from the Bahamas after shooting the video for “Rock The Boat.” Her death deeply affected her fans and the hip-hop community at large.
Aaliyah made a name for herself in R&B and hip-hop producing hit upon hit, often blending the two genres together-- something we see a lot of in present day. Her career was aided by Timbaland, the late Static Major and Missy Elliot who helped write and produce many of her tracks. But it was Aaliyah's strength as an entertainer and her originality which made her music so successful. Her beauty, her subtle sweet voice, her dope dance sequences, and her traditional hip-hop style (baggy pants and bandanas were the go-to), were all signature aspects of Aaliyah.
The Princess of R&B continues to have a huge influence on today’s music. Drizzy Drake is often caught citing her as a big inspiration, borrowing samples from her music and at one point was even in talks to work on a posthumous release with her. Chris Brown also has included samples of Aaliyah on his tracks, collaborating with her on his recent single "Don't Think They Know."