AALIYAH 1979-2001 THE STARS PAY TRIBUTE TO THE YOUNG GIFTED R&B PIONEER WHO WAS ON THE BRINK OF SUPERSTARDOM TEXT ALEX NEEDHAM PHOTOGRAPHY HAMISH BROWN his week NME is celebrating a record Nirvana's Nevermind which unarguably changed music Yet there was another record released five years ago that had an equally profound effect Aaliyah's 'One In A Million' invented a strain of R&B - dark minimalist rhythmically complex- which has run riot in pop music ever since Together with first-time She was talented classy warm beautiful and humble a down-to- earth sista with enough energy to put anyone on a cloud DMX and Missy Elliott Aaliyah took conventional R&B and tore it apart alchemising the fragments into some of the most brilliantly imaginative pop music ever Her death in a plane crash last week at the horrifically early age of 22 robs music fans of a pioneer only just beginning to hit her creative stride Aaliyah's name is Swahili it means 'the highest most exalted one Born Aaliyah Dana Haughton CONTINUES OVER neans the highe She was like blood and I lost blood Me and her together had this chemistry I kinda lost half my creativity to her Beyond the music she was a brilliant person the most special person I ever met Timbaland AALIYAH Meme

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