Here’s your record of the day, look no further!
In fact, it’s the freshest way to celebrate and remember the late angel Aaliyah on what would’ve been her 40th birthday today. 🙏
Chicago’s Marcus The Artist put down a brand new, bumpin’ house remix today of Aaliyah’s classic slow jam “Rock The Boat” and now the sultry single has a completely different (and equally effective) feel to it. I love the tempo and overall production Marcus put on this, it’s just simply superb.
You didn’t know you needed “Rock The Boat” for more than just the bedroom. Save this remix for the next time you’re on the way out on the town and you’ll get the energy up. Great tribute today by our friend and the multi-talented Marcus.
Late night surprise from Frank Ocean who drops a new Aaliyah cover in tribute to the late singer’s birthday today. Frank takes on “(At Your Best) You Are Love” (an Isley Brothers cover originally) and sings wonderful falsettos with minimal piano behind him. It’s an easy one to appreciate with my favorite part coming at the end where Frank sings briefly at a normal pitch. It only adds to the power of the high pitch throughout the song and that concludes the 5 minute track as a whole — “You Are Luhh” (hopefully, luhh doesn’t become the new bae.) Enjoy!
ICYMI: Frank Ocean “Memrise”
The new, hotly anticipated Aaliyah movie premiered tonight on Lifetime. Watch Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B in full below (while you can).
The Aaliyah biopic took a turn last month as Zendaya Coleman mysteriously dropped out of the film. They were quick to find the new Aaliyah in 23-year old Alexandra Shipp (above), who hails from Phoenix and stars in Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis, and the upcoming of VH1 sequel to Drumline.
The biopic also found its new executive producer: Wendy Williams. Here she is commenting on how she feels Aaliyah fans drove Zendaya to drop the project because “she’s not black enough” to play Aaliyah.
I’ve been rallying around about this Lifetime movie about Aaliyah. Telling the family stop complaining, it’s going to be on the small screen, small screen is the business. Very few people go to the movies anymore, you know what I mean? It’s expensive and the popcorn is no good for you. Well so, Zendaya apparently heard that I’ve been rallying around her and she sent me a little thing through the computer saying “Thank you Mrs. Wendy for you supporting me and that just happened on Friday. Well dog gone it, do you know that now on Monday that we found out that Zendaya has pulled out of the movie?”
That’s your fault! You! And whoever said she was too light to play Aaliyah, that’s your fault. You got on this girl’s back and now she’s chickened out. I can’t believe were still dealing with light/dark in 2014; it’s about the spirit of the movie. I thought that she would be a great Aaliyah because I don’t know enough about Zendaya so she wouldn’t be distracting me.
This feels like one of those “everything is meant to be” moments. Congrats to Shipp, happy to hear the biopic is moving forward.
I was a huge Aaliyah fan before her passing and still am a follower of her music till this day. When I first heard theWHOevers project Ridin’ Waves I salivated at the fact that they had made a track as an homage to the great R&B singer. Today theWHOevers drop the visuals to “Babygirl”, a track produced by D.jbari.
UPDATE: Just like that, Zendaya is reportedly out of the upcoming Aaliyah biopic. Soooo.. maybe this is a non-story for now…
Recently, it was announced that singer/actress Zendaya Coleman will play Aaliyah in a new, forthcoming Lifetime biopic. Today, more details surface that the biopic will detail the secret relationship between Aaliyah and R. Kelly. Maybe the young ones don’t know, but the two apparently got married when R. Kelly was 27 and Aaliyah only 15. Both Kellz and Aaliyah denied the marriage, but a marriage certificate falsely stating Aaliyah was 18 surfaced and made the marriage illegal, also annulled by her parents. So, looks like somebody’s gotta play Kellz, and that’ll definitely add some fun and intrigue to the biopic.
Via the New York Post:
“Aaliyah’s personal and professional relationship with R. Kelly will be explored with care in the film as we set out to depict her life with the utmost respect,” executive producer, Debra Martin Chase told The Post. “Above all else, it’s our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent.”
The biopic is tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, based off the book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. The biopic will show Aaliyah from 10 years old to her 2001 death in a plane crash at 22.