Aaliyah was one of the most beloved figures in music at the time of her tragic death, but her loss is still felt strongly from the hip hop community and fans over a decade later. With her nickname being “Babygirl” to many, the late singer was adored by everyone she came across, making her sudden death all the more painful to those that were close to her. We decided to reflect back on some of the stories and memories that our favorite artists once shared, and remember the beauty that was Aaliyah.
Check out the moving stories about Aaliyah from our favorite artists on the following pages.
“When I first met Aaliyah—it time for the world to hear this, I’m gonna give a little secret—I was in love with her. I said, But I’m not…She just a baby, I’m old,” Timbaland says. “I said to myself, ‘I’m just gonna be her brother.’ Oh man, I was fightin’, I was fightin’ a lot—a big war. But I loved Aaliyah.”
“There’s no chance that if I was there, we would’ve been on the plane. It would’ve never happened that way. Aaliyah and I was in Miami. She was shooting a video in Miami and I was in Miami with State Property. She was gonna do a record with Freeway. She was like, ‘Yo, I don’t like that plane,’. I was like, ‘Don’t get on it.’ She was like, ‘I gotta do it.’ It was a complicated situation, but she had to go do that video. If I was there, I woulda made sure that that jet that was supposed to be for her, the G4, she woulda been on that. I wouldn’t have got on that plane. So it probably would’ve been different, but everything happens for a reason. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. You just gotta deal with the cards that life deals you.”