Aaliyah's Self-Titled Album Turns 16
It's been 16 years since Aaliyah released her self-entitled album Aaliyah, which resulted in it being the last album she ever released. It includes some well known songs like Try Again, showcasing her unique vibe that is irreplaceable.
At the age of 12, she was signed to Jive Records and at 19, released her first debut album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. being thrown into success at a young age, she blossomed into a woman America loved with sassy attitude and amazing sense of style. R Kelly took her under his wing as her mentor and became the lead songwriter on Aaliyah’s debut album.
Throughout the course of Aaliyah’s life, her music brought her exposure from radio hits from film soundtracks and also star as an actor in the 2000 Romeo Must Die. Whilst recording for Aaliyah, she worked with a range of producers such as Trent Reznor (produced music for the film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Timbaland (produced Jay Z’s Hard Knock Life and Missy Elliot’s Get Ur Freak On) to create songs that were significant in Aaliyah’s career.
Songs like We Need A Resolution, More Than A Woman and Rock The Boat are songs from that album that highlighted her career. In the way that visuals were presented and Aaliyah’s lyrics that are soothing yet relatable, she has clearly left a mark on everyone’s mind. Her death came as a shock to many as she was due to be the next big pop star in the world, her talent taken away from us too soon.