Missing You

August 25, 2010

On August 25, 2001 one of R&B’s treasures was taken.  One of the sweetest voices of the my generation, Aaliyah, passed away in a plane crash after shooting a music video (for the track “Rock the Boat”) in the Bahamas.

Though her voice was never the showiest or vocally aggressive, her’s was a sultry quiet that slithered over R&B ballads and Timbaland beats like honey.  Her 3rd album is still such an innovative mix of hard beats and sexy vocals that has yet to sound dated.  In her short time she dropped three studio albums, though a posthumous album was released.  A biopic has been in the works for some time now and unreleased material has gradually leaked sporadically since her passing.

I’d like to think that there is still hidden material from Aaliyah that fans like myself will get to hear.  Until then, what we do have will do, and it does a more than capable job of showing the true potential a woman like Aaliyah had.  Let’s also not forget that many other lives were lost in the fateful plane crash.  Rest in Peace Aaliyah Haughton, Anthony Dodd, Eric Foreman, Soctt Gallin, Keeth Wallace, Gina Smith, Douglas Kratz, Christopher Maldonado & Luis Morales.

Check out one of my favorite cuts by Aaliyah, an unreleased cover of Donny Hathway’s “Giving Up” (which she recorded for her planned role in the remake of Sparkle):


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