[REPOST] The Short But Influential Career of Aaliyah – Michael Gonzales @gonzomike @waxpoetics

The Short But Influential Career of Aaliyah

This feature originally appeared in Wax Poetics about the brilliant and talented Aaliyah. With 13th anniversary of her departure approaching, we wanted to share this excellent piece of journalism from contributor Michael Gonzales.

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.

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The Short But Influential Career of Aaliyah – Michael Gonzales
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