i won’t lie to you,
when the red album by aaliyah first came out,
i thought it sounded really weird to me.
i’ll never forget going to tower records to listen to it…
“we need a resolution” sold me and i wanted to hear the cd before i bought it.
for gen z,
millennials had to go buy music in an actual store.
i ran into star fox’s brother while i was down there.
we both listened and i just couldn’t get with it.
i didn’t understand it.
it was such a different sound compared to her sophomore album,
“one in a million”.
she went with a more futuristic sound working with static major.
he is a musician so he heard it differently than i did and broke it down to me.
we both ended up buying it that day.
Who knew in 2021,
this album would sound like it was released today?
aaliyah was way ahead of her time with her self-titled red album.
even though i love her second album,
this album grew on me like a weed the more i listened.
it is a vibe from start to finish.
it also became the soundtrack to a very fun summer.
Remember when “Rock The Boat” and “More Than A Woman” dominated 106 and Park?
my queen rising from the dead has been the best thing for this shitty year.
i’ve pretty much been listening to this album all day because it was needed.
she had a song about domestic violence on this shit.
it’s so bittersweet listening to this knowing it was her final album.
i know she would be happy that her work is finally available on streaming platforms.
my only beef is:
Where TF is the hidden track,
why was that song replaced with “try again“?
i need blackground/empire toupdate their files.
“i care 4 u” will hit streaming services on october 8th.
rip to aaliyah as we continue to celebrate you.