Aaliyah Week: What The Songbird’s Music Meant To Singers And Producers

As part of VIBE’s Aaliyah Week, we’re rolling out a collection of stories focusing on the legacy of the “One in a Million” singer.

From majestic covers to “Unforgettable” samples, Aaliyah’s music provided a nostalgic feel that took those familiar with her sound back to the days of its premiere, and prompted others to get familiar with her discography. Her vocals added that extra spice to a producer’s instrumental, or served as a chilling background voice on any singer’s melody.

Above, leading artists and producers share their encounters with Aaliyah’s music, and how she paved the way by sticking true to her talent while creating a new sound that’ll probably live on well into the future.