9a est: Aaliyah Tribute mixed by DJ Brainchild (NY)
11a est: Aaliyah Tribute mixed by DJ Bee (Philly/VA/SMC)
Noon est: #LegendsAtNoon DJ EVIL Dee
2p est: #FreshRadio Mixtape (Replay from 01.15.13) with DJ Bee
3p est: #AphrodisiacSoul (Aaliyah Tribute) mixed by DJ Ruckus
4p est: #TheWonderYears with DJ Fountz (Boston/VA)
5p est: #TheWorldwideShow with DJ Opal
6p est: #Skratch*Makaniks Radio with DJ Excel (Philly/LA/SMC)
8p est: #DaFreshness with Xcalibur (NY) **Debut**
9p est: #The5thElementOfHipHop with DJ Bee (Philly/VA/SMC)
10p est: #Bangtime (The Roots) with DJ Rick Geez (Philly/VA/PushaT)
11p est: #HipsterRadio with DJ Radio Raheem (Detroit)
Born today in 1979 in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Detroit, Aaliyah Haughton began her career in 1994 under the guidance of her uncle, Blackground Records founder Barry Hankerson.
Aaliyah was only 15 when R. Kelly produced her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.
One in a Million came out in 1996. This time, Aaliyah — who’d secretly married and quickly divorced Kelly — worked with Timbaland.
Aaliyah co-starred in the 2000 action flick Romeo Must Die and posthumously in Queen of the Damned. She was cast in the Matrix sequels but died before filming had begun.
On August 25th, 2001, returning from the Bahamas after filming a video for “Rock the Boat,” Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a small plane crash.
In 2005, her rendition of the aria “Ave Maria” made history as the first single ever released first as a ringtone. Proceeds went to various charities.
Hits by Aaliyah (Billboard R&B chart peaks)
If Your Girl Only Knew #1 1996
One in a Million #1 1996
Are You That Somebody? #1 1998
Try Again #1 2000
We Need a Resolution #22 2001
Rock the Boat #2 2001
Miss You #5 2003
January 16th – The Fox Searchlight Films release “Notorious”, a biopic about the late Notorious B.I.G., opened in U.S. theaters on this day in 2009.
“Notorious” was directed by George Tillman Jr. and starred Jamal Woolard as the late Biggie Smalls and Angela Bassett as his mother Voletta.