Today marks the 15th anniversary of the death of nineties R&B icon Aaliyah. During her productive but sadly brief career Aaliyah put her name to high profile collaborations with the likes of R Kelly, Missy Elliott and Timbaland, in the process riding a wave of innovations in the R&B sounds of the day from the traditional Hip Hop-Soul of the early nineties to the more stripped down, downtempo, digital soundscapes of the late nineties for which Timbaland is famed and which set the scene for many of the popular movements in Hip Hop and R&B in 2016.
In rememberance, we’ve compiled a pair of playlists, the first of Aaliyah classics and the second of our pick of the many artists to have sampled her work, among them Frank Ocean, Drake, Hudson Mohawke and The Weeknd:
Aaliyah: The Classics
Aaliyah: The Influence Of