Aaliyah's 'One in a Million' Album Turns 20


(Radio.com) Aaliyah's second album, 1996's One in a Million, turns 20 on Saturday (August 27). It was a game changing album in her too-short career, as well as in the careers of producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott. Here, Radio.com discusses the album with some of the DJs from Atlanta hip-hop powerhouse V103: Greg Street, Ryan Cameron, Ramona DeBreaux and Big Tigger.

It was a pivotal moment for Aaliyah. 1994's Age Ain't Nothing But a Number put her on the map, but it was well-known that the album was written and produced by her mentor, and lover, R. Kelly. But by 1996, she'd cut ties with Kelly and her label Jive Records. She now had to prove that she was a viable star, on a new record label, without her former mentor.

V103's Ryan Cameron says that the music world was watching Aaliyah closely: "When she walked away from that [R. Kelly and Jive], the music had to stand for itself. You know like, 'Now let's see if it's real.'"

Big Tigger agrees: "She was already a rising star and had a lot of buzz; people wanted to see what her future would hold, minus his input."

Ramona DeBreaux notes that, even without the R. Kelly drama, her debut was a tough one to follow. "She was really talented and after the first album was so good, people were wondering how she would top it." Read more here.

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