Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Aaliyah Archives: News


So happy for Missy Elliott! :o) I just realised that I have not posted this on my main blog, so for those who are not aware, Missy posted this on Christmas Day :o) What an amazing gift to find after so many years. So glad she found this iconic jacket.

Aaliyah: Rare Photo Courtesy of Missy Elliott


Happy Holidays everyone! It's been a minute since I have last posted on here, but here's a special gift from Missy Elliott who shared this rare picture of our beautiful Babygirl, who happened to be on their way to the studio :o) If you look below, here is what she said...

Lol! Shame about the thumb right? I love how Missy just keeps it real! Anyhoo, enjoy everyone! :D

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Aaliyah: Rare Photo Courtesy of Alan Barcoff


Huge thank you to one of my readers who brought this to my attention! Can’t believe I missed this! Aaliyah pictured with Alan Barcoff at a private event, which was shared via his FB and Twitter awhile ago on the 15th Nov. And we all know what went down that day! lol! Thank you sooo much for sharing! :o) :D Below, is a screenshot of a caption he wrote via Twitter :o)


Monday, 8 December 2014

Rashad Haughton: Rare Photo Courtesy of Tavarius Polk (1995-1996)


Repost from @tavariuspolk: “#RashadHaughton really miss this guy he was mad cool and #aaliyah’s biggest fan our prayers go out to u friend… @tavariuspolk #ExavierHarris
This pic was taken when we did the song “never giving up” on the “one in a million”
Lp …. great times”
| Thanks for sharing! :o) Rashad is looking hot like fire in this pic! ;) :D The picture must of been taken around 1995 – 1996 based on when Aaliyah's One In A Million album was being recorded. Never Givin' Up has always been one of those songs that never fails to give me goosebumps with every listen. Such an underrated song in my books.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @daveydee_nyc: “#TBT #Aaliyah we remember you” | Thank you so much for sharing! :o) :D

Friday, 5 December 2014

They Call Me Timbaland: Narrated By Playa (Official Mixtape)


So since Christmas is fast approaching, and I am a generous, giving person, I would like to share with you all an official mixtape released by Timbaland which is narrated by Playa crew members Smoke E. Digglera and Digital Black. This is my way of just saying a huge thank you to all my loyal readers, fans, followers, etc... who have been down for me from day one. I appreciate you all, so thank you for your support :o) (If you would like to have this mixtape please email me via theaaliyaharchives@gmail.com and I shall personally email it to you.) 

I highly recommend this mixtape to anyone just to listen to the narration by Smokey and Black, since they share a lot of their memories in the studio, how they came about meeting Timbo and even the making of 'Are You That Somebody', which of course has some Static and Aaliyah memories! With 49 classic joints mixed by Dj Supa and other respected DJ's in the game, you can't really go wrong! ;) Thank you for sharing these personal, fond memories, since it means everything to all of us Aaliyah/Playa fans :o) 

Having just finished listening to this mixtape, all I can say is that this really makes me miss the sound of the 90's. Timbo's innovation in music back then was so ahead of it's time, it amazes me how all of those classic joints still have no expiration date! The fact that Timbo and Ginuwine have announced of them finally coming together to work on a new project, truly gives me hope for Timbo to bring some of that old skool flavor we all know and love from the man. It's about time these two finally united right? So make sure you keep tabs on them, because I have a feeling Timbo is gonna bring back some of that magic back in the game, so watch out! 

I have said this before, but I will say this again. I really think musically, Timbaland's music got effected by the tragic loss of our beloved Babygirl, and since than, he has never been quite the same. However, recently I have heard a lot of new beats from Timbaland through a new artist call Tink (who y'all should check out since she can sing and rap!), and I feel a part of him has finally woken up and realised what is missing from the music industry. With that being said, I am positive that we shall be hearing some greatness from Timbo in the new year to come. :o) ;)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @aaliyahalways: “#Aaliyah & @jusdaremix. Look how beautiful she is! Thank you for sharing | Such a lovely picture! :o)

Monday, 1 December 2014

Aaliyah: Official Unreleased Tracks From Eric Seats

Edit made by yours truly! ;)

So I've been meaning to post this for awhile now, but as you all know Aaliyah left us with an amazing body of work throughout her musical career. Like every other artist, Aaliyah recorded a lot of tracks, some of which were not complete in time for her to sing, and others which were only rough drafts or 'demos' as we call them. Now if you all remember, I posted something awhile back in regards to some unreleased tracks that Static Major's personal assistant (and close friend) Tim Barnett kindly shared with us in 2010. Just to refresh your memories, you can read it again via the link here

We've already had the tracks CEO and Danc'n come to surface, and seeing as how we have a special Birthday tribute next year in the works from the original red album producers, maybe it's long over due for us fans to finally hear these rare gems. I for one, would most definitely love to hear them! :o) 

So a couple months back I actually came across some posts via Eric Seats who happened to share some screenshots from his phone's playlist, and to my surprise, I was delighted to see some of those Aaliyah tracks that we have always heard about, but never actually heard! Lol! Here are the main ones he shared, along with his captions :o) ... 

Eric Seats: #Memories Another #unreleased #Aaliyah #HIT #StaticMajorIsGenius #DontLetMeFoolYou #KeyBeats #ES333

Eric Seats: #Memories #Aaliyah OMG ANOTHER #unreleased #HIT! @DigitalBlack wrote this one.. #KeepsMeShaking #KeyBeats #ES333

Eric Seats: This One Too... #Aaliyah #unreleased #Dancin #Playa @DigitalBlack #KeyBeats #ES333


Do any of these titles ring any bells? They should do! If not, lets do a brief summary of each track :o) The first track, is the one which Drake sampled vocals from. The second track is the one where they actually mixed it for the song Quit Hatin'. And the third track, yes you are probably saying "hey we have already heard this version!" but NOT with just Aaliyah and Digital Black on their own, without E.T. Selfish. Seats said this was a rough version, so it would be interesting to hear and compare to the one that we already know and love. Who knows, maybe one day we may finally get to hear ALL of them, once the family agree to it. :o)

Monday, 24 November 2014

Aaliyah & Rashad: Rare Photo


Courtesy to AaliyahAlways for coming across this rare gem via Rashad's Twitter! This is such a beautiful picture of both of them! I also noticed that it bares resemblance to another one I showed you guys awhile back, and thanks to my great visual memory I was correct! ;) This picture was taken in 1996 at @iamchachiiii Homecoming with Aaliyah. If you look carefully, her outfit is exactly the same in both pictures (You can check this out below). Her date also confirmed that this was taken at his parents house, and that the picture on the wall (above) is of his sister. Aaliyah's date was also on the other side of her but cropped out of the picture with Rashad.

It's always nice to know these little facts behind each picture, so thank you for sharing that information with us all :o)

Friday, 21 November 2014

BJ The Chicago Kid - One In A Million (Tribute To Aaliyah, R.Kelly & Jodeci)


So, I am all for tributes being done with respect and dignity when it comes to Aaliyah, and I happened to come across this tribute, thanks to one of my followers @chiineey who kindly shared this with me ;) I was blown away at not only at the fact that he was covering Aaliyah's One In A Million but also covering R.Kelly's- R&B Thug and Jodeci's- Feenin' under this classic Timbaland beat! Wow! All I can say is that is the best tribute I have heard in a LONG time! Thank you for honoring our Queen in the best way that she rightly deserves.

For all those who are always on the search for new music, look no further and check out this guy BJ The Chicago Kid via his main site... www.bjtck.com where you can download his album for FREE! Yes you read that correctly! :o) Just to give you a little taste of what he's all about, peep the video below and enjoy his rendition of all three of these 90's nostalgia, classic joints! :o)


 

Aaliyah: New York City, Times Square (2001)


Courtesy to Came To Give Love for sharing this article, which was found in a Polish magazine last year! Any of my Polish readers who can translate the text written here, please comment below, since I would love to know what it says. :o) Who can spot Babygirl in this concrete, neon glow, jungle? ;)

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @chillin_dylan323: “#TBT My dad & Aaliyah just kickin it. Rest in Peace #OneInAMillion #Aaliyah #Lifetime” | The dopest pic ever! Thank you for sharing! :D :o)

Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine & Timbaland: Rare Photo's

  

Repost from @cupcakeandasmile: “College days….it was a great experience to meet Aaliyah, Missy, Ginuwine and Timbaland at the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards! #aaliyah #princessofR&B” | Thank you for sharing these beautiful rare gems! :o)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @morgan_tyler_ :o) These rare gems keep coming like hot cakes! Lol! Enjoy everyone! :D

Aaliyah: On The Set Of ‘More Than A Woman’


Posted by Donnie Jackie Brown via Facebook | Those trousers were everything! :D

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @sonyasspotlight: “With everyone talking about the #Lifetime #AaliyahMovie, I just thought I’d share a photo I took with the talented and beautiful Aaliyah back in the 90s. I loved her music (still have all of it on CDs). Aaliyah had a sweet spirit to go along with her angelic singing voice and blossoming acting career. But nobody should bash the acting of #AlexandraShipp who played Aaliyah in the Lifetime TV biopic. She’s a talented actress (it’s not easy out there for Black actresses y’all), and I thought she did well in both the #AaliyahMovie & in #Drumline. Everyone who knew Aaliyah or who was a fan of hers is protective of her legacy, but let’s all #StayPositive. R.I.P” #Aaliyah”

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @mstammimac: “Just thought I’d say something nice. All this dogging about the movie. So sad:( …… Traveled with her a few times on the road. She really was a sweety. @mrjacksonbrown promoted her records as VP of promotions for Blackground records and let me hang with her on a few occasions @radiofreekjlh @macandamiche #lifetime #aaliyahmovie #everybodymakesmistakes #itsokay” Thank you for sharing! :o)

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Aaliyah and @themsmagic I love how all of these rare pictures have been popping up today! I feel like it's a sign from Aaliyah herself letting everyone know that she is very much with us in spirit! :o)

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @aaliyahalways: Wow! Never seen this one before! | “#Aaliyah, @yoyofearless, @doitfortheryan & @ludacris ❤” 

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @verifiedhoney: “Did you know #AaliyahDanaHaughton preformed in #Harlem In 1996? Yes, and I was present. SIP #AALIYAH  #forevermiss #BeautifulAngel #mondaymemories 
SIP January 16,1979 -August 25, 2001)” 
I wish I could of seen her live! Looks like you had a great view! Thank you for sharing! :o)

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Another one of Aaliyah and @craigaking sitting all cosy on the couch! :o) That couch does look hella cosy though! Lol!

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @craigaking: “Missing this Angel! What’s goin on with R&B people??” Agreed! Music aint the same without her! :(

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @coredjskno: “#DOPE! #AALIYAH DJ SKNO™ And Aaliyah Haughton (1979-2001) Gone Too Soon! #BRANDINGwww.itsmyurls.com/djskno @Itsmyurls @COREDJSKNO #UZN41 #HIPHOP #SKNO #COREDJSKNO #OHRAISED #COREDJS #RAZDABAR #YACHTMUSIK #UNIVERSALZULUNATION #GEMCITYZULU ☆★☆★☆STAY PAYIN ATTENTION☆★☆★☆ I WON’T DJ ALL PARTIES, ONLY THE RIGHT ONE’S ©1983”

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Aaliyah: 'More Than A Woman' Celebrates it's 13th Year Anniversary Single Release


On 13th November, 2001 marked the day Aaliyah released her single, so in honor of this special day, I thought it would be nice to share with you all some unreleased scenes from the music video, synced with the Bud'da remix called Still More Than A Woman  (which is one of my favorite remixes!) Special thanks to Maximum Aaliyah for the footage and LewSpally87 for making this video! This is too dope beyond words! I hope one day we can get to see these scenes in HD! Enjoy! :D :o)

Aaliyah Archives: Da Bassment Interview Part 2


So y'all know I had to do a special blog post for the late, great Static Major. On the 11th of this month marked his 40th Birthday. So as a special tribute, we shall be giving you part 2 of Da Bassment interview courtesy of Trevor Banks who happened to kindly share this. It was also Devante's idea to keep us feenin' for more! ;) So if you missed the first part of the interview you can check it out here. Happy reading everyone! :o)

DA BASSMENT PT.2 Interview...

1. When was the first time you tasted success?

Static Major: Man Ummm.. When I first tasted success was after me being in the game for 6 or 7 years. At that point it started feeling like a job.

2. Now are you going to try and get into a competition with R. Kelly?

Static Major: Yeah .. definitely. I feel like he really is my only competition. I'm not taking anything away from the newbies coming up, but they aren't as seasoned as i am. Most artists call me up to write or do the song for them. Myself, I'm self contained, and it don't really matter who does a track for me whether its Timbaland, Scott Storch,Jim Jonsin ,or a no name producer. At the end of the day it boils down to just doing the track.

3. What happened with Blackground as far as Playa's second album is concerned?

Smoke E Digglera: We never did sign with Blackground. Blackground was our management. We were signed to Def Jam on our first album. We ended up getting off of Def Jam, and from there we started working on the new album with the aspirations of getting signed to another label. We felt like it wouldn't be a huge problem getting signed again. Blackground probably would of signed us as a group, but we never got around to that. I mean , we did work on an album, but Playa ended up going on the road with the Ladies Night Out Tour. After that, everyone started working on their solo albums. 

4. Why was there a fallout with Da Bassment. Was it because DeVante was trying to be an artist, producer, songwriter and a CEO at the same time?

Bazaar Royale (Da Boogieman) : I really don't know, I was too young to know what was happening. To me, everything was moving along just fine as far as I could see. Didn't really know the business aspect of it. But I did have fun.

5. Did you record any joints back then?
 

Bazaar Royale ( Da Boogieman): Yeah, I had a few joints out back then. We recorded all the time. Da Bassment was our job, and we were like on some Motown shit, for real.

6. I heard if DeVante was to walk in the building you had to have something hot cookin?

Digital Black (of Playa): Most definitely...There was always something dope going on, cuz everybody was talented. You might go in one room, Stevie J would be cookin something. Go in another room, Timbaland, Sugah, Magoo ect.. would be cookin something. Come in our room, Playa would be cookin something, Everybody was getting on each other's tracks. Missy & Timbaland were way ahead of their time. It was a great situation to be in for all of us...

And there you have it! To view the rest of Bank's article, with a special Tribute mix show of Aaliyah, you can find it here via http://inet6thestar.blogspot.com

Monday, 10 November 2014

Aaliyah Archives: News (EXCLUSIVE)


So as you guys know, I recently shared with you all some video snippets from producer Eric Seats who worked with the red album crew. He was kind enough to share his original working files from Aaliyah's Rock The Boat and It's Whatever, plus and added bonus of a never before heard official remix of Rock The Boat, which was created back in 2001! Wow! All I can say is that this sounds really current! Hardly surprising considering how Aaliyah's last album still sounds fresh to this day. All the producers on this album really knew what they were doing, and it shows since they have created longevity within their body of work. 

Now we all know that this year has been a tough one for all TRUE Aaliyah fans out there, with everything that has been going on with this 'film drama'. I refuse to even acknowledge this ignorance on my blog anymore, since I just wanna keep it drama and negative free. I began this journey of blogging through positivity and it shall remain that way! :o) 

With every bad moment, some good always tends to prevail over, and I am so excited to announce that all the producers from Aaliyah's self titled red album, will be uniting to make a special tribute on her 36th Birthday next year! How dope is that right? :D I have already shared with you a couple remixes which have come to surface already, so my guesses are that a remix album might be in the works. Ok, so I am not one for blowing my own trumpet, as I am humble as they can get, but I remember ages ago speaking to Eric Seats and mentioned the idea of a remix album and how all the producers from that album should come together. Here is the conversation we had which you can view below...


As you can see Eric agreed :o) I was also being a little cheeky towards the end! Lol! Can't blame a girl for trying though! ;) To hear Aaliyah's accapella on her red album would be amazing though! :D With that being said, I am glad the man has stuck by his word, because now, he's putting everything into action! Woooo! :D Seats also mentioned that he is planning to put the Rock The Boat (remix) version on his Sidooo Vol 2 album. So be sure to peep that out in the near future. If you still need more convincing, here's another conversation with the likes of J-Dub, Bud'da and Smoke E. Digglera talking about this special Birthday tribute :o)


And here's another one where Eric Seats himself, confirms this with one of my favorite Aaliyah fan pages Maximum Aaliyah ;) 2015 definitely plans on being a good year for all Aaliyah fans! Are you ready? #TeamAaliyah ;) :D


Aaliyah: The INFLUENTI/\L


So I found a couple of surprises that came with my crewneck! I had no idea until I checked the rest of my parcel! Lol! But me being the creative person that I am, I have a lot of random postcard collages, and thought this would look great next to my Aaliyah poster. Its weird because it's as if they were all meant to be together. One of them says..."The city lights glowed in the distance" very appropriate right? ;) But anyhoo...if you're not familiar, please check out @theinfluential for original, innovative designs by the lovely @aaliyahalways :o)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Aaliyah: 'It's Whatever' Files From Eric Seats

A video posted by Eric Seats (@ericseats) on

Eric Seats: #Aaliyah #OGFiles #ItsWhatever #KeyBeats #ES333 

Aaliyah: 'Rock The Boat' Files From Eric Seats

A video posted by Eric Seats (@ericseats) on

Eric Seats: "#Aaliyah #THE files! #MPC2000 #RockTheBoat #KeyBeats #ES333" 

This was the first video Seats posted via Instagram. I love him for this! It's nice to know and see what he actually used whilst creating such a beautiful, musical masterpiece! For all those who are into making their own beats, Eric Seats is using a MPC2000XL :o) 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Eric Seats Leaks Remix Snippet Of Aaliyah's: 'Rock The Boat'


Yes you read that right! Eric Seats who you all know produced on Aaliyah's self titled red album, known for producing the ultimate, sultry Rock The Boat has given us a teaser of a never before heard remix version :o) I was literally screaming with joy when I saw this! Lol! So many remixes have come to surface lately, I simply cannot wait until we get to hear these in full, because all these producers who worked with Aaliyah are just teasing us now! Come on now guys! Really? lol! Anyhoo, peep the video below and jam away! The beat sounds sooooo dope! :D :D :D

Eric Seats: #Aaliyah #RockTheBoat #Remixed #OfficialLeak #KeyBeats #ES333



A video posted by Eric Seats (@ericseats) on

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Tre' Major: Hip Hop Weekly Q&A

Repost from @themajorlook1 “My Question & Answer 
Out now: in Latest edition of HipHop Weekly Please go and get you a copy .. So you can get that tea .. #Gottalovewhatyoudoo It’s Pretty Awesome yourself and your work in publication’s that you love #hiphopweekly #mylife #themajorlook #tremajor will post more soon :) #instagramhub #like4like” | I peep my girl Aaliyah in there too! 😉 A huge congrats! 😊😘 I’m lover of reading and interviews so this would be nice to checkout! 😊 #Aaliyah #AaliyahArchives #AaliyahDanaHaughton #AaliyahHaughton #Babygirl #Lili #Liyah #Magazine #HipHopWeekly #TreMajor #Fashion #Style #Interview

Repost from @themajorlook1: "My Question & Answer Out now: in Latest edition of HipHop Weekly Please go and get you a copy .. So you can get that tea .. #Gottalovewhatyoudoo It's Pretty Awesome yourself and your work in publication's that you love #hiphopweekly #mylife #themajorlook #tremajor will post more soon :) #instagramhub #like4like" | I peep my girl Aaliyah in there too! A huge congrats! I'm a lover of reading and interviews so this would be nice to checkout! Aaliyah's glam squad were always on point! :o) 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Aaliyah Archives: The INFLUENTI/\L Aaliyah Always


So my baby finally arrived from @theinfluential a.k.a.- @aaliyahalways Thank you soooo much lovely! Everything from the material, colour and design is spot on. Exactly how I wanted it! This is my very first purchase from the store, so I was really excited about this one. The quality is amazing. Not too restricting and keeps you warm too. Which is a plus for me, since its freezing in the UK! Lol! I def plan on purchasing more in the near future, since it's very hard to find Aaliyah merch over here, in comparison to the states. No matter where I am I will always rep the Queen to the fullest. :o) 

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @theapfactor: "Where it all started for me. I wanna thank EricBrice for believing in me at a very young age. It was such an honor to work with someone that was a friend to me as well. Thank God for #Aaliyah and her beautiful parents. Worked with some amazing people on this tour! @roography you remember this bro!"

Thank you so much for sharing! This pic is too dope! :D :D :D

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @aaliyahvids (Photo credit to Unique Aaliyah) I have always loved this outfit that Aaliyah wore, the colours on her top were so beautiful! :o)

Aaliyah: Signed Red Album


Repost from @iam_shaneka: "I was soo #blessed to hav gotten Aaliyah's (my fav r&b singer) autograph 2 wks b4 she passed. 11 yrs today RIP Aaliyah ❤" | Wow two weeks after? You are def lucky girl! Thank you for sharing this! :o)

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @hiphopurbanpop such a beautiful rare gem! Thank you for sharing! :o)

Aaliyah Archives: News


So I finally decided to make a Tumblr :o) I will be posting mainly personal stuff, edits and links from my main blog via theaaliyaharchives.blogspot.co.uk but for anyone on Tumblr, be sure to follow! Just my way of branching out to all my loyal readers. The support is greatly appreciated. :o)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Aaliyah: Rare Photo


Repost from @therealfatboyq: "My momma and rip #Aaliyah #queenpen #hiphop #rap" | Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful picture! Special shoutout to @aaliyahhaughtonforever via Instagram for bringing this photo to my attention! :D :o)

Aaliyah Art: Courtesy Of Derek Lee


Repost from @dleestyle: "... BG... #art #painting #fineart #graffiti #streetart #streetart #style #love #fashion #aaliyah #icon" | This is soooo beautiful! :o)