Aaliyah: 10 years later, impact holds without posthumous releases

From Los Angeles Times

Ten years after the untimely death of Aaliyah, her imprint hasn’t waned — despite resting on a small back catalog that never had a chance to develop.

The “street but sweet” brand of R&B she crafted, with the help of R. Kelly and strengthened by longtime collaborators/friends Missy Elliott and Timbaland, both defined and reinvented the sound of ‘90s urban music. Her slinky dance moves, breathy falsetto, tomboyish silhouettes and innovative beats that flirted with a number of genres quickly awarded her the moniker the “Princess of R&B.”

When the singer born Aaliyah Dana Haughton died in a plane crash in the Bahamas 10 years ago Thursday, all fans were left with was a brief discography. Aaliyah purists have waited for additional music to surface; with the exception of a handful of tracks, there’s been nothing.

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