Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church in New York City on August 31, 2001.
“It was a privilege,” he once said of having the opportunity to work with the star.
The three albums she released while alive influenced some of today’s most significant artists—Drake, Beyoncé, the Weeknd, and many more. In fact, Aaliyah’s most popular, most important works—the albums , and late-career singles like “Are You That Somebody?
”—aren’t available for streaming or sale on Spotify, i Tunes, Amazon, or any other online music service.
He produced her movie debut, the aptly named , a box office flop about Alaskan oil workers.
And, in his first foray into the music business, he started a management company to handle her affairs.
Enticed by promises of stardom, Hawkins claimed in a civil suit that she had sex with Kelly, and that he had her participate in group sex with other underage girls. Still, if he had indeed heard or suspected anything—at least in 1991—it wasn’t enough to dissuade him from introducing Kelly to his 12-year-old niece, Aaliyah Haughton.But he never made it past the development league, and hung up the cleats after a year, seeking a career in politics.By the early 1970s he was employed as a community organizer in the office of Coleman Young, the mayor of Detroit.He appeared with her on that cover, sporting a tasteful leisure suit, a trim goatee, and an Afro.He convinced Knight to leave her backing band the Pips, and negotiate better terms with her label.Digital voids like these can result from legal battles over uncleared samples (as with De La Soul), or from musicians holding out for better royalty terms (the Beatles, until recently).