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)