Quotes From Aaliyah
AALIYAH ON AALIYAH
"I met Robert before he came out with Born in the 90's [his first album]. He came to my house and I sang for him, and from there we went into the studio and started working together."
"People are gonna look up to me because I'm young, black, and female,"
"That's why I work every day. Ev-er-y day. "I want to knock people out."
-- VIBE Magazine, 1995
"I' m a survivor, and I can handle anything. I'm very confident about that. I come from a very strong family, and they are always there to protect me. If I need any help, I'll just call on my mummy or my daddy or my brother, to whom I'm very close.
"Everyone who was involved thought that some space was needed after all the negative things that were said. R. Kelly is a wonderful producer and a wonderful artist. He's all good, but that time was very tense, so it's not really appropriate for us to see each other."
"When you get into this business you have to grow up quickly. But I wouldn't say I've lost any of my childhood, I've always been a mature child. My Mom says I've been like that since I was little kid. I make time for my friends, and I make time for things that other kids do. This is a business and I knew what I was getting into. I make time for being a kid, but I also know when to put on my business hat and go for the business."
"Of course, the advantage is that, being in this business, you get to learn a lot, experience a lot of new things, and you can become real successful. The disadvantage is, of course the negative media. People may try to manipulate you and control you, and those are the things you have to avoid. But if you maintain strong family values and you believe in God, you can be successful. So, it's been tough, but I've gotten through it because I stuck with my family and my deep belief in God."
"I go through the same problems all young people go through. Being in this business, I accept that there are positives and negatives but having a strong family base and a belief in God enables me to weather the storms."
-- MusicGala.com, 1995
"I think sometimes people negate the fact that training is important. I mean, I feel blessed to have that theory. I still take vocal lessons. I take dance...I take acting classes. And all that helps in the long run."
"You know we're in a business where things are just unpredictable. You don't know what's going to happen...we were lucky Blessed, I think is a better way to put it."
"I don't know what's going to happen in the next five or 10 years. At some point I wanted to have a family and settle down, but I don't see that happening for a very long time because I really love this. This is my life, my world."
-- Honey Magazine, April 2000
"I think rumors are hilarious. I don't pay attention. It goes in one ear and out the other. When you're in this business, you hang out with people, and people are like, 'I wonder, are they seeing each other?' I never dated Jay-Z. I never dated Ginuwine. Damon and I are very good friends. I'll keep it at that right now."
--VIBE Magazine, August 2001
"These days, hip hop, R&B - it's just basically the beats and sometimes tracks can get a little bit monotone. I asked the kids I worked with to challenge themselves, to give me tracks that were melodic, where there are changes and different instrumentation and the song actually goes somewhere.
It's fun to be creative and innovative and come up with something crazy. So I need people to work with who are not going to be afraid to take it to the left a bit."
I wanna be the best at what I do. I wanna sing, I wanna dance, I wanna act. That's about it."
-- The Daily Telegraph in London (July 19, 2001)
"I wanted to be different and original but still have it be something my fans could get into. There also are some big, beautiful ballads. I told my producers that I wanted tracks that are going to blow up in the clubs, but I also wanted songs that were very melodic and with a lot of instrumentation."
"I want to do it all. I've always been athletic. I love sports, and I used to be a swimmer, and I've been a dancer all my life."
USA Today (July 17, 2001)
"There is always a bit of pressure to do a good album -- to do good work, period. I really put a lot of pressure on myself, more so than other people. But I try not to let that overwhelm me to the point where I can't even do good work. I just put it aside and do the best that I know that I can."
-- Dallas Morning News (July 22, 2001)
It's in how you carry yourself. I've always been a very mature person, and I've always known what I wanted. And I go after it no matter what."
--The Fader, Summer 2001