One of her closest musical collaborators, Missy Elliott, tweeted, “Aaliyah til this very day u r still in Your own Lane! Ure music is Timeless! We miss u!” Fellow Aaliyah confidant Timbaland offered a simple, “#ripaaliyah miss you babygirl.”
Another friend, rapper Q-Tip, couldn’t believe how long it’s been since his compatriot passed. “RIP 2 my girl Aaliyah,” he wrote. “Man seems like yesterday … Aaliyah and I were very close. We used 2 stay snapping on folks. She had a crazy sense of humor.”
Beyoncé’s baby sister, Solange Knowles, had a lot to say about how influential Aaliyah was to her own musical career, ripping off a series of tweets in which she gave props to A. “I sang about crushes and realized just how abstract and wonderfully obscure you were with this … genius video,” she wrote, linking to the captivity-themed video for the seductive “4 Page Letter.” Solange added, “I’ve grown up to you, idolized you, watched others try to capture what you had to no avail. You are the one & only Aaliyah! Never forgotten,” noting that her 13th birthday party had a celebrity dress-up theme and that she came as Aaliyah and sang “One in a Million” on a karaoke machine.
Plenty of contemporary stars also had Aaliyah on their mind, including Drake, who wrote, “RIP Baby Girl…in my ear at every show letting me know the next move I should make. Love you.” Also weighing in was VMA-nominated MC Kreayshawn, who shared, “RIP Aaliyah! I miss you! Can’t imagine the music and waves you woulda been makin this day!”
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