TSR Exclusive: The late Aaliyah’s ‘Are You That Somebody’ is a timeless hit, nonetheless, there are numerous points followers don’t study one among Aaliyah’s largest hit knowledge, like the reality that the music was recorded and produced with decrease than 24-hour uncover.
Fans may be further shocked to look out that the music was actually written to Aaliyah by Static Major as a token of the key relationship they’d been hiding from Aaliyah’s uncle. The particulars of the music’s finish end result, Aaliyah’s relationship with Static, and far more are set to come back again out in a model-new, in-depth biography penned by well-known hip hop journalist and author Kathy Iandoli.
In ‘Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah’, which drops on Aug. 17, quite a lot of days sooner than the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah’s untimely passing, Iandoli writes that Static Major’s mother, Edith Garrett Raymond, confirmed Aaliyah dated her late son spherical 1997 into 1998.
An excerpt from the e-book reads: “‘They were definitely an item,’ she said. ‘Aaliyah was crazy about him.’ And while the song cloaks their romance in secrecy, they were pretty open to Static’s mom and apparently Aaliyah’s own parents. ‘He brought Aaliyah to my wedding,’ Edith continued. ‘That was a big deal because [her parents] didn’t let her go places.’”
To take it once more to the beginning of ‘Are You That Somebody’s inception, Timbaland and his staff came upon around 1 a.m. that they needed to ship music for the ‘Dr. Dolittle’s soundtrack, forcing him and Aaliyah to hop inside the studio to crank out the music in under 12 hours.
Timbaland didn’t want to do it at first, nonetheless, Tim and Aaliyah had been to be paid a hefty bag of $400,000 for the remark, in accordance with the e-book.
Static joined them, laying down the lyrics that evening, nonetheless, the music had been brewing as he initially wrote it to Aaliyah: “Girl, I’ve been watching you like a hawk in the sky…”
“Aaliyah wasn’t a fan of the song on the first listen, despite the autobiographical undertone. Still, she recorded it, and of course, it was perfect,” the e-book says. “…Once Aaliyah’s vocals were laid down (along with Timbaland’s and Static’s), Timbaland came back to put on the finishing touches, which were some more beat layers and his now-famous ‘Dirty South’ intro.”
Timbaland made a last-minute addition, sprinkling that comfy baby sound over the remark, and Aaliyah was feeling it too.
It was moreover the first time Aaliyah was often known as “Baby Girl” on a remark.
The music and its video are one among merely many topics touched on inside the biography. Will y’all be finding out this one? Let us know!