I did this last year, but I feel compelled to post another remembrance post to honor one of mah favo singaz ever who was unfairly pulled from my pop-addicted life 9 añoz ago. If you're so inclined, please take a momento of silencio por favor and send a kind thought to the heavenly majesty of the one and only Aaliyah!
For those of you weren't lucky enough to have had your earz beautifully embraced by the song stylingz of dis R&B visionary, lemme esssplain why she is sooooOoOoOo importante. Modern R&B was largely a secular genre throughout the 80s & 90s that was kept penned to urban radio stationz and had little luck breaking into the pop radio format (bored/confused yet?).
Sure, artistz like En Vogue or Janet Jackson were able to transcend deez boundaries, but they were the rare four-leaf cloverz of the bunch. But then in 1994, we were all introduced to sumfing special...and the music world would never effing be the same!
Aaliyah, who was only 15, recorded and released her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, and it spawned a whole bunch of crossover hitz. She wasn't afraid to take her angelic R&B voice and hook it up with a more mainstream, poppy/dancey song structure. And the rest is supa serial history! Aaliyah was nominated for Grammys, won Video Music Awards, went to #1 in the Billboard Hot 100 wiff her inescapable "Try Again" and starred in two moviez!
If it wasn't for Aaliyah, current R&B princesses Mya, Monica, Rihanna, Ciara, Rhonetta, Brandy, Ashanti, Tweet & Christina Milian, would still be spinning their wheels in voice lessonz!