Missy Elliott: “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of Aaliyah”

On the 9th anniversary of Aaliyah‘s death, MTV spoke to her good friend and collaborator Missy Elliott about Aaliyah’s legacy on today’s R&B and her earliest memories of the star.

Missy on Aaliyah’s influence in today’s R&B

I think it’s hard for Aaliyah to be duplicated, because she had her own lane. But Ciara is an R&B singer who loves to dance, and Aaliyah was that same kinda artist.

On remembering Aaliyah

[T]here’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of [Aaliyah] or watch a video or play her music. I miss her every day.

On her earliest memory

When me and Tim first went to work with her, we were so nervous. She was such a big star, and I was scared she was gonna be some diva, sipping on tea, with people fixing her hair and nails, and she would say, “What is this music you got! It’s wack!” But when we walked in the studio, her smile made the whole room glow! She was like “Heyyyyy!” and gave us big hugs and made us feel like we were her cousins from down South.

Read the rest of the interview HERE

Check out Black Einstein writing for Soul Culture on why Aaliyah was a great singer and read more to reminisce on some classic Aaliyah/Missy Elliott/Timbaland collaborations. 

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