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Aaliyah
Dana Haughton better known as Aaliyah was an inspiration part of Hip Hop. While
researching Aaliyah’s musical and personal lifestyle and career, I found more
than a few books and articles going into every detail of her existence. Her
personal life was full of positivity, from the start of life, Aaliyah was given
a meaningful name by her parent’s. “The highest, most exalted one, the
best.” Not only defined Aaliyah’s life but was in fact the actual
definition of her name. Her parent’s placed high expectations and high hopes on
their daughter. My goal in this paper is to explain how Aaliyah was a strong-willed
artist who had pushed the envelope with her outrageous work ethic, and always
managed to stay true to her musical message.

To achieve this goal, I have
organized my paper into two main sections. In the first section, I provide an
account of some important facts about Aaliyah’s significant compositions with lyric analysis and prolife. In the
second section, I discuss information how socially and artistically significance
Aaliyah was to the music industry with lots of influence in the Hip Hop
community.

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            Aaliyah Dani Haughton was born on
January 16, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of five, Aaliyah and her
family moved to Detroit. Shortly after, she starred in the play Annie, for then
she is when she realized that she had a special gift. That gift was her voice. Aaliyah
appeared on the television show “Star Search” as she wowed the audience singing
“My Funny Valentine.” She also had the opportunity of singing backup
for Gladys Knight in Las Vegas for five nights. At the age of fifteen, Aaliyah
had released he first album. Her album was entitled “Age ain’t nothing but
a Number,” rose to topped the charts. Just two years later, in her senior
year of high school, she released her second album, “One in a
million.” The album featured the collaboration of major R producers
and writers, Missy Elliot and Timbaland. The album was a major success and preserved
Aaliyah’s fame forever. Aaliyah began appearing on many different soundtracks. Aaliyah
was later cast in her first major film role in the box office hit “Romeo
Must Die.” When she was growing up, Aaliyah attended Detroit schools and
believed she was well-liked, but got teased for being shorter than her
classmates. Her mother would tell her to be happy that she was small and
compliment her. Many other children disliked Aaliyah, but she did not focus on
them. Aaliyah, was
able maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average when graduating from Detroit
High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. She saw fit to keep her grades up
despite the pressures and time constraints brought on her during the early
parts of her career. She labeled herself as always being a good student.

In this section, we focus on Aaliyah’s vocal and lyric
analysis. Aaliyah had
the vocal range of a soprano. With the release of her debut single “Back
& Forth”, an article stated Aaliyah’s “silky vocals are more
agile than those of self-proclaimed queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige”.

American
critic Dream Hampton from Vibe Magazine reviewed Aaliyah’s “One in a Million”
and mention a “pop appeal” and “deliciously feline” voice which reminds her of
Janet Jackson.

Though
Aaliyah did not write any of her own music. Her lyrics were described as
in-depth. This may be the writers themselves. Music writers such as Stephen
Garrett better known as “Static Major” and Timbaland wrote songs for Aaliyah. She
was able incorporated R, Hip Hop and Pop into her music. While Aaliyah
worked with Timbaland and Missy Elliott, whose productions were more electronic
in beat.

Kelefah Sanneh of The New York Times defined
Aaliyah “a digital diva who wove a spell with ones and zeroes”, and
writes that her songs comprised “simple vocal riffs, repeated and
refracted to echo the manipulated loops that create digital rhythm”, as Timbaland’s
“computer-programmed beats fitted perfectly with her