Before I get started, let me say Rest in Peace to the lovely Aaliyah, who passed away on August 25, 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming her video for Rock the Boat. She released her first album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number in 1994 at the age of 15. Two years later, Aaliyah released her One in a Million album on the same day Outkast released their ATLiens album and let’s say it was well received. The album spawned six singles which were: If Your Girl Only Knew, One in a Million, Got to Give It Up featuring the legendary Slick Rick, 4 Page Letter, Hot Like Fire and The One I Gave My Heart To. The album went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide, which earned her the names of Princess of R&B and Queen of Urban Pop.
If Your Girl Only Knew
The first single was released a couple of weeks before the album was released and it featured a more mature sound from Aaliyah. As you see with the video above, this is an amazing track and she became my favorite female artist during those times. After releasing this single, people were anticipating what the album would sound like and weren’t disappointed.
One in a Million
This was her second single she released and it was the title track to the album, which was released about a couple of weeks before Christmas. The track featured an up-temp beat from Timbaland to go along with her great voice, which produced an awesome track.
4 Page Letter
To be honest, this is probably my favorite track on the album and one of my all-time favorite tracks. This is basically her talking about writing a love letter to someone and it made an amazing song. She had a tremendous sound and it was full display on this song and album.
One In a Million Track Listing
- Beats 4 Da Streets (Intro) ft. Missy Elliott
- Hot Like Fire
- One in a Million
- A Girl Like You ft. Treach from Naughty by Nature
- If Your Girl Only Knew
- Choosey Love (Old School/New School)
- Got to Give It Up ft. Slick Rick
- 4 Page Letter
- Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
- Giving You More
- I Gotcha Back
- Never Givin Up
- Never Comin Back
- Ladies in the House ft. Missy Elliott & Timbaland
- The One I Gave My Heart To
- Came to Give Love (Outro) ft. Timbaland
My Final Thoughts:
Overall this is my favorite album from Aaliyah and it’s truly sad that she never got the chance to reach her full potential. She was releasing great music and she was only 22 years-old-year when she passed away. She was on her way to becoming a megastar as she was starting to get into movies, like Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned; she released her final studio album entitled Aaliyah less than two months before her untimely demise. Time really do fly by really fast because it has been 15 years since she’s passed, but she’s still influential in the music world.