And I wanted a voice throughout the record that represented empowerment and independence, the voice of someone who never gave in, even when it was easy to lose sight of everything that he built, someone invested in black people, invested in our community and our storytelling, in empowering his people.You and I were raised being told not to take the first thing that came our way, to build our own platforms, our own spaces, if they weren’t available to us.
Aaliyah's boyfriend, Roc-a-Fella co-CEO Damon Dash, said Tuesday that losing her was heartbreaking. Wherever we were was like our own little party, in our own little world." The couple shared the ability to thrive in varying social settings from Harlem to the Hamptons and beyond as well as a certain sense of humor, Dash remembered.
"She was the only girl that got to hang out with my homeboys on the level of a homeboy," he said.
"She came out of the womb special." For a feature interview with Aaliyah, check out "Aaliyah: Been A Long Time".
For reaction from fans and other readers, see "You Tell Us: Fans Remember Aaliyah".
HSK Exclusive – For years, inquiring minds have been asking, why R Kelly married an underage Aaliyah, only for the marriage to end in a sudden annulment? Aaliyah’s family basically turned her over to Kels with no supervision.
Kelly believe he impregnated Aaliyah, but he also left the now deceased songstress with an STD. We’re told the marriage was meant to be a cover-up – the only way R Kelly and his staff believed he could dodge a sex scandal.
“I remember thinking, ‘My little sister is going to be something super special,'” she recalls.
“Because you always seemed to know what you wanted.” Elsewhere in the interview, Solange speaks about her 2016 standout A Seat at the Table, the inspiration behind “Cranes in the Sky,” and how influences ranging from Aaliyah to Master P served her well on this project. Solange on : “It really started with wanting to unravel some truths and some untruths.
Her vocal arrangements with Static Major are some of my favorite in the world.” Solange on cover art: “I wanted to create an image that invited people to have an up-close and personal experience—and that really spoke to the album title—that communicated, through my eyes and my posture, like, “Come and get close. If she conjured up an idea, there was not one element of that idea that she was not going to have her hand in. And I think it’s been an interesting thing to navigate, especially watching you do the same in all aspects of your work: Society labels that a control freak, an obsessive woman, or someone who has an inability to trust her team or to empower other people to do the work, which is completely untrue.” Beyoncé on Solange Meeting Nas: “One of my proudest moments as a sister was when I was able to introduce you to your hero, Nas, and you cried and acted a fool.