By Christopher John Farley
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was once that track company rarity: a teenager idol who reworked herself right into a seriously acclaimed hip-hop soul artist, a singer who effectively made the transition to actress, and a gorgeous lady who by no means allow the trimmings of star visit her head. Following her remarkable debut at age 14 with the album Age Ain't Nothin' yet a Number, Aaliyah raised the bar together with her highly influential and bestselling follow-up, One in a Million. She then took her skills to Hollywood, starring within the motion mystery Romeo needs to Die and the hugely expected horror movie The Queen of the Damned. yet quickly after the discharge of her 3rd album in the summertime of 2001, Aaliyah's lifestyles used to be lower brief in a sad aircraft crash.
Here is the inspirational tale of the big name The Washington Post dubbed "Hip-Hop's woman Di" -- a girl who, by the point of her loss of life at age twenty-two, touched legions of lovers worldwide together with her haunting voice and...
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We will always love you. —JANET JACKSON ON AALIYAH detroit, Michigan, is the kind of place that’s large enough to have the toughness of a big city but small enough to have some of the everybody-knows-everybody affability of a small town. That’s partly why Detroit has long been known as a spawning ground for new sounds. ” Motown Records, home to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and many other top music acts, was born. Detroit, in the ’60s, became the capital of youth music, with singers and songwriters, girl groups and instrumentalists, all flocking there to work with Gordy and his stable of hot acts: the Temptations, the Four Tops, and many others.
In some cases men and women inspired and challenged each other, and, in the final estimation, the female artist was judged by history to be as great, if not greater, than her male partner as in the cases of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo, and rappers Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. But women, more often than not, get the critical shaft when they are linked with or compared to male artists. Musicians Yoko Ono and John Lennon shared a close working relationship, collaborating on political actions, art installments, and musical compositions.
So what if it was almost as much of a caricature of street life as the heavy metal acts had been an exaggeration of masculinity? Gangsta rap sounded truthful, it looked fresh, and it was taking over the charts. Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number introduced a breakthrough R&B sound to American music. It wasn’t quite soul and it wasn’t quite hip-hop. Of course, the queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige, had explored similar territory years before. But Blige, with her ghetto fabulous fashion sense, rough attitude, and drama-filled personal life was clearly a singer of the streets who, at that time, only gave a passing nod to more upscale sophistication.
Aaliyah. More Than a Woman by Christopher John Farley