Seventeen years ago, on Aug. 25, 2001, Aaliyah died tragically in a plane crash. She was a talent gone too soon, with a voice and vibe that changed the sound of R&B music. Many artists, including Drake, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, J. Cole and Ciara, list her as a huge influence.
During her career, Aaliyah worked with many talented producers (such as Static Major, Missy Elliott and Timbaland) to create the songs we know and love today. These songs still hold up, which is no easy feat. And even though much of Aaliyah’s catalog is under lock and key thanks to her uncle and manager Barry Hankerson, fans search their MP3 archives, dusty CD cases and shoeboxes of cassettes to reminisce on the magic of Aaliyah.