This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Damon Dash talks Aaliyah, life without Jay Z, how he’s completely done with the music game, why he was an asshole to anyone who got in his way and why the kind of “broke” he is might be the best thing in the world. We also get some very tense moments as Just Blaze finally airs out why he didn’t eff with Dame. Ya’ll truly ain’t ready for this dynasty thing.
Who knew The Game was such a big TLC fan? The Compton rapper got the image of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes tattooed on his ribs, recently. Game posted a photo of the “Dia De Los Muertos” version of Lopes, who passed away in 2002. He plans on adding even more his collection of ink, with a similar tatt of Aaliyah. “Got a Dia’ De Los Muertos version of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes tatted on the left side of my ribs by @petertattooist ,” he wrote. “Gettin a Dia’ De Los Muertos version of Aaliyah on the right side of my ribs next…… 2 rib tats in one day…. #B-tchImThuggin Pain…. Aint nobody got time for that ha ha ha.”
Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001, and is still very much the object of rappers’ affection. Drake has hailed the singer as an inspiration and also has a tattoo of her image. He and producer Noah “40″ Shabib are said to be working on the Detroit native’s posthumous album, but has yet to release the project. “It’s not about me, it’s not about 40, it’s really about her and her fans, and us getting the opportunity to give you something that we feel is great,” Drizzy said of the release. A new Aaliyah track, “Quit Hatin” hit the ‘Net, after what would’ve been her 34th birthday, earlier in the month. It’ll be interesting to see Game’s permanent ode to the fallen star.
The world was close to a collaboration between the late Aaliyah and the acclaimed producer Just Blaze and only now are we finding out about it.
Speaking with Fuse TV, Just Blaze revealed that was scheduled to work with both he and rapperFreeway though their planned collaboration never came to fruition due to the singer dying in her tragic plane crash.
“When Aaliyah died in that plane crash, she was on her way to come meet me and Freeway to do a remix for ‘More Than a Woman.’ She had left her video shoot. I guess it was in the Bahamas, I think,” he explained to Fuse. “We got a call saying, ‘She just got on a plane. She’ll be at the studio in an hour or two.’ Then, 20 minutes later, people are on the radio saying that she died. We didn’t believe because we had literally just got off the phone with her people. We got confirmation a few minutes later that it was true…Rest in peace to Aaliyah. Super sad.”
You can watch the interview in full below:
Just Blaze digs in the crates with FUSE for the latest installment of Crate Diggers. He shows off some of his collection, reveals the most he spent on a record, and says Aaliyah was en route to see him for a session when she passed.