Timbaland 's stuttering, idiosyncratic productions challenged Aaliyah to reveal her artistic personality more than she had on R. Kelly 's smoother musical settings. Aaliyah had the vocal range of a soprano. Kelly-produced debut album, Aaliyah worked with Timbaland and Missy Elliott, whose productions were more electronic.
She's a total performer I'd love to do a duet with Janet Jackson. She often wore baggy clothes and sunglasses, stating that she wanted to be herself. Hilfiger's brother, Andy , called it "a whole new look" that was "classy but sexy". And then her second album, One in a Million went double platinum.
She had the leading role in Romeo Must Die , which was a box office success. She's won numerous awards, several MTV music video awards, and aside from her professional successes, many of her lyrics are very inspirational and uplifting.
She also carried herself in a very professional manner. She was well spoken. She was beautiful, but she didn't use her beauty to sell her music. She used her talent. Many young hip-hop fans greatly admire her. Aaliyah did not have a problem with being considered one.
If you embrace it, it can be a very beautiful thing. I am totally cool with that. I see myself as sexy. If you are comfortable with it, it can be very classy and it can be very appealing.
She reinforced her mother's belief by saying that she did feel "sexy for sure" and that she embraced it and was comfortable with this view of her. She reasoned this was due to her liking "the simple things in life". Her mother assisted her in her career while brother Rashad Haughton and cousin Jomo Hankerson worked with her consistently.
She ran all of her decisions by Rashad. In October , Rashad stated: The circumstances surrounding this last video were really strange because my mother had eye surgery and couldn't fly. That really bothered her because she always traveled. My dad had to take care of my mom at that time. And I went to Australia to visit some friends. We really couldn't understand why we weren't there. You ask yourself maybe we could have stopped it. But you can't really answer the question. There's always gonna be that question of why.
One of their last conversations concerned Aaliyah having difficulty with "another young artist" that she was trying to work with. Knight felt the argument was "petty" and insisted that she remain being who she was in spite of the conflict. Kelly without her parents' knowledge.
Kelly during the recording of her debut album. As she recalled to Vibe magazine in , she and R. Kelly would "go watch a movie" and "go eat" when she got tired and would then "come back and work". She described the relationship between her and R. Kelly as being "rather close.
Kelly, she urged them not to believe "all that mess" and that she and R. Kelly were "close" and "people took it the wrong way. Kelly's entourage, wrote that R. Kelly told him "in a voice that sounded as if he wanted to burst into tears" that he thought Aaliyah was pregnant.
Kelly told me that he and Aaliyah got together and it was just magic. Or that she was coming and going in and out of his house. People would see her walking his dog, 12 Play, with her basketball cap and sunglasses on. Every time I asked the label, they said it was platonic.
But I kept hearing complaints from people about her being in the studio with all those men. At 15," Brown said. In May , she filed suit in Cook County seeking to have all records of the marriage expunged because she was not old enough under state law to get married without her parents' consent. It was reported that she cut off all professional and personal ties with R. Kelly after the marriage was annulled and ceased having contact with him.
Kelly and the scandal over the marriage made it difficult to find producers for her second album. Kelly following the professional split. During an interview with Christopher John Farley, she was asked if she was still in contact with him and if she would ever work with him again.
Farley said Aaliyah responded with a "firm, frosty" 'No' to both of the questions. Kelly comes up, she doesn't even speak his name, and nobody's allowed to ask about it at all".
Kelly would have other allegations made about him regarding underage girls in the years following her death and his marriage to Aaliyah was used to evidence his involvement with them. He refused to discuss his relationship with her, citing that she was dead. That was a whole other situation, a whole other time, it was a whole other thing, and I'm sure that people also know that. Meeting someone that is trying to do the same thing you are doing in the urban market, in the same urban market place but not really being so urban.
It was just; her mind was where my mind was. She understood me and she got my jokes. She thought my jokes were funny. In May , she hosted a party for Dash's 30th birthday at a New York City club, where they were spotted together and Dash was seen escorting her to a bathroom.
Addressing this, Aaliyah stated that she and Dash were just "very good friends" and chose to "keep it at that" for the time being. Dash was also committed to "his own thing", which did not make matters any better. Despite this, they were understanding that the time they had together was special.
Dash remembered they would "be in a room full of people talking to each other and it felt like everyone was listening but it would be just us. It would be like we were the only ones in the room". Dash always felt their time together was essential and Aaliyah was the person he was interested in being with, which is why, as he claimed, they had begun speaking about engagement. Death of Aaliyah On August 25, , at 6: The designated airplane was smaller than the Cessna on which they had originally arrived, but the whole party and all of the equipment were accommodated on board.
Initial reports of the crash identified Luis Morales as "L Marael". Some of the bodies were badly burned in the crash. Morales falsely obtained his FAA license by showing hundreds of hours never flown, and he may also have falsified how many hours he had flown in order to get a job with his employer, Blackhawk International Airways. Campbell Funeral Home and St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan. Her body was set in a silver-plated copper-deposit casket.