Received my issue of Wax Poetics magazine.

Received my issue of Wax Poetics magazine.

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My lovely friend, Esme (@weheartaaliyah) told me about these images today. I was excited to see but yet again trying not to spoil the surprise, since I’ll be getting my issue sometime this week. Clearly, I couldn’t help myself. Hope I didn’t ruin it for anyone either!

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Thanks to @aaliyahvids on IG for finding the full CBS Interview! Currently working on trying to get the version without the watermark, but for the time being…this is still an amazing interview to watch. 

Hope you enjoy! 

Wax Poetics: A look back 20yrs, Aaliyah

On the heels of her best-selling debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, fifteen-year-old Aaliyah was rocked by a sex scandal that would have crushed a lesser talent. But breaking ties with her label and former producer and lover R. Kelly afforded the teenage singer to create a new musical life for herself. She joined forces with production/songwriting duo Timbaland and Missy Elliott, who crafted a set of funky and futuristic soul tracks that took audiences and stale R&B radio by storm. Aaliyah showed strength and resilience—and effortless cool—and went on to garner multiplatinum sales, becoming a huge star. But her comeback was short-lived. At twenty-two, just as she released her third album and started an acting career, Aaliyah lost her life in a plane crash. However, icons never die, and her musical legacy endures.

It was the last weekend before Labor Day 2001, and the sidewalks of New York City were brimming with Saturday-night folks looking for fun. While a decade before the Meatpacking District was literally just that—with refrigerated trucks parked in front of dingy warehouses and the cobblestone streets sticky with animal blood—by the new millennium, those same blocks had transformed into a chic section of town overflowing with boutiques, restaurants, and clubs blasting the songs of summer that included P. Diddy’s Black-rock single “Bad Boy for Life” and Destiny’s Child’s pop-tart anthem “Bootylicious.”

As I was passing one trendy spot, pop sensation Aaliyah’s latest single, “We Need a Resolution,” blared from the speakers. With a voice that was shy and sexy, the mesmerizing track was the first from her self-titled third album, released a month before. Produced by frequent collaborator Timbaland—whose signature cyberfunk explorations into sound put an electrifying mojo on Black radio in the mid-’90s beginning with Aaliyah’s sophomore album, 1996’s One in a Million—her cool, broken-hearted soprano blended perfectly with the heat generated from his funky, futurist machine dreams.

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Aaliyah gracing the cover of Wax Poetics for August 2014

Gonzales looks back twenty years on Aaliyah’s debut album, the controversy with R. Kelly, and the follow-up album with Timbaland that changed the landscape of R&B. Includes never-before-published photos of Aaliyah by photographer Jonathan Mannion.

Thanks to weheartaaliyahhaughton on IG.
Im extremely excited and just ordered my issue.

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Aaliyah song in a show

S1e3 of Big Smo:

Big Smo’s bandmate is helping him exercise. He says “First you don’t succeed…”
and goes into the melody of Aaliyah’s Try Again, by singing the rest of it.

Funny these super country people referenced Aaliyah.

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Via @themajorlook1 IG

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