Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah

Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah

by Kathy Iandoli

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The definitive biography of the R&B singer who died tragically in a plane crash at the age of 22. She was already doing films and other creative projects, along with her hit records, which made the timing of her death so hard for so many to bear. She had already worked with the best in the industry who saw her precocious talent firsthand. Aaliyah's music will soon be available for streaming 20 years after her death.

In a definitive and “excellent homage to a star who left this planet too soon” (Questlove), the life, career, tragic death, and evolution of Aaliyah into a music legend are explored—featuring in-depth research and exclusive interviews.

By twenty-two years old, Aaliyah had already accomplished a staggering amount: hit records, acclaimed acting roles, and fame that was just about to cross over into superstardom. Like her song, she was already “more than a woman” but her shocking death in a plane crash prevented her from fully growing into one.

Now, two decades later, the full story of Aaliyah’s life and cultural impact is finally and lovingly revealed. Baby Girl features never-before-told stories, including studio anecdotes, personal tales, and eyewitness accounts on the events leading up to her untimely passing. Her enduring influence on today’s artists—such as Rihanna, Drake, Normani, and many more—is also celebrated, providing Aaliyah’s discography a cultural critique that is long overdue.

“There’s no better way to pay your respect to R&B’s true angel than to lose yourself in the pages” (Kim Osorio, journalist and author of Straight from the Source) of this “dazzling biography” (Publishers Weekly) that is as unforgettable as its subject.

This book was written without the participation of Aaliyah’s family/estate.


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ISBN-13: 9781982156848
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 08/17/2021
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 31,851
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kathy Iandoli is a critically acclaimed hip-hop journalist and author of God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop. She’s written for numerous publications including Billboard, XXL, Teen Vogue, Vibe, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and many more. A professor-in-residence of music business at New York University, Kathy routinely serves as a TV and radio panelist for discussions on hip-hop and gender. She lives in the New York metropolitan area.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Introduction: Good-bye, Summer xv

Chapter 1 Get Your Motor Running 1

Chapter 2 Age Ain't Nothing but a Number 13

Chapter 3 R. Kelly's Lost Survivor 37

Chapter 4 Tabula Rasa 59

Chapter 5 One in a Million 79

Chapter 6 Tommy Girl 93

Chapter 7 Baby Steps 107

Chapter 8 Romeo Must Try 125

Chapter 9 Take It Personal 137

Chapter 10 Things Fall Apart 155

Chapter 11 Life after Death 189

Chapter 12 Please Don't Stop the Music 199

Chapter 13 Came to Give Love 211

Chapter 14 4-Page Letters 223

Photo Outro One: Shooting Your Shot 245

Photo Outro Two: The Perfect Shot 249

Photo Outro Three: The Final Shot 257

Acknowledgments 265

Bibliography 273

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