Remembering Aaliyah: Modern Music Pays Respect to R&B Legend

by Sophia Abbey

In only the 22 short years of her life, Aaliyah revitalized R&B music and inspired modern Hip Hop artists. Even with just 3 albums released before her death, Aaliyah’s impact on pop culture remains significant almost 15 years after her death. In honor of Aaliyah’s birthday, Ravedeaf has compiled a list of some of our favorite samples of Aaliyah’s music.


“Rock The Boat” was sampled in….


“What You Need” by The Weeknd




“At Your Best (You Are Love)” was sampled in…


“Unforgettable” by Drake feat. Young Jeezy




“Are you That Somebody” was sampled in…


“CMYK” by James Blake

Listen for the sample at the 2 minute mark.



“Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” was sampled in…

“Pink & Blue” by Outkast…


And “What you Won’t Do for Love” by Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware borrows Aaliyah’s lyrics at 2:52.



“4 Page Letter” was sampled in…


“Blow My High (Members Only)” by Kendrick Lamar

Listen for the sample about 3 minutes in.




“Try Again” was sampled in…



“I’ll Stay” by James Blake

The sample appears after the 2 minute mark.





“Quit Hatin” was sampled in…


“Fuckin’ Problems” by A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar

The sample is pulled from 2:19 in “Quit Hatin”



“I Refuse” was sampled in…


“In McDonalds” by Burial

Listen for Aaliyah about 1 minute in.




“Back & Forth” was sampled in…


“Death B4 a Million” by A$AP Ferg



“One in Million” was sampled in…


“Million” by Tink

Aaliyah’s verse on “You Won’t See Me Tonight” by Nas was sampled in…


“You Won’t See Me Tonight” by MF Doom


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