Aaliyah’s spirit lingers in music as artists revive her legacy

[Photo: Courtesy of Photographer Jeff Dunas Tumblr. Photo of Aaliyah during one of her very last photoshoots.]

August 25, 2001 marked the day Aaliyah Dana Haughton, the blooming Underdog of 90’s R&B’s life came to a dying halt. Career wise, the songstress lived on via her last LP self titled LP Aaliyah and still continues to blossom vicariously through the work of the many musicians who were inspired by her “street, but sweet” musical style.

This Wednesday, January 16 marks the day Aaliyah would’ve turned 24 years old, in honor of that fans should rejoice to remember her on this day as well as the impact she has made in the music industry- which is something worth acknowledging.

Aaliyah has made her mark, literally, on artists ranging from Drake to Young Berg, who were so moved by her work that they tattooed their bodies with artwork of her face. Those who chose not to take such a drastic route of paying homage, sampled work from the late R&B angel. Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z, Girl Talk, The xx, The Weekend, Kendrick Lamar etc. are some of the many who have been so inspired by hits from the 90’s princess, they expressed it by releasing songs that emphasized that her spirit still lingers in music.

[Photo: Courtesy of Aaliyah’s official website.]

We can’t give her all of the credit here, Timbaland and Missy Elliott, popular producers who worked exclusively with the singer on most of her singles have put in work as well to assure that the singer’s signature sound will never forgotten.

[Photo: Courtesy of ShowTimeSays. Photo of Missy Elliott and Aaliyah.]

Have a listen to the playlist I created filled with nothing but songs that were developed from the basis of Aaliyah’s delicate pop soprano, street moda, all wrapped up in a bow that can be categorized as the revival of her existence.  Be patient as this 60 minutes and 11 second soundcloud playlist will allow you to explore the kaleidoscope of all things Aaliyah; touched by many genres, heard by many ears, in loving memory of Ms. Haughton.


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