Aaliyah, who tragically died in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001, is long-remembered as one of the greatest what-could-have-been stories in hip-hop and R&B culture. Missy’s message includes nods to “baby girl” Aaliyah’s lasting influences on music, style, and dance.
“Aaliyah so many people LOVE your Style & Music TIL this day!” Missy wrote. “I wish they all got a chance to meet you to see how CARING you were to EVERYONE you met!”
Aaliyah so many people LOVE your Style & Music TIL this day! I wish they all got a chance to meet you to see how CARING you were to EVERYONE you met! I CAN STILL HEAR YOU LAUGH & us cracking up all the time & me you @Timbaland joking–we MISS YOU so much!–but I know you are surrounded by ANGELS and yall dancing doing a Dope routine a sick 8 count for your BDAY———— WE LOVE U from The Supa friends! and YOUR FANS! Prayers for mama DIANE & your bro RASHAD—-??
Missy and producer Timbaland first worked with Aaliyah on her 1996 album One In A Million. In subsequent interviews, Missy admitted she was afraid the rising singer would be arrogant coming off of the success of Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, the 1994 debut album from Aaliyah, who was just 15 years old at the time of its release. Instead, Missy says she remembers the young star for how “caring she was for everyone she met.”