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Remembering Aaliyah, 1979-2001: Missy Elliott talks to EW about her friend and collaborator

Aaliyah

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Believe it or not, today marks a full decade since Aaliyah Dana Haughton died at 22 after a horrific Bahamian plane crash.

The singer and actress had just released her self-titled album a month prior and was set to star in The Matrix sequels. One of the people who aided in her rise to stardom as a songstress was frequent collaborator and friend Missy Elliott.

The artist produced several hit records for Aaliyah during her career and like many, still feels her presence today.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s been 10 years because Aaliyah’s leaving is still fresh in our minds and always will be,” Elliott tells EW from a Virginia recording studio. Numerous images of the fallen star come to mind when Missy’s asked about her. But she misses a few things particularly.

“What I will miss the most about Aaliyah is her laugh and smile. She could light up any room,” Ellliott recalls. “I miss that from her. I’ll also miss recording with her because she wasn’t ever scared to push boundaries as an artist.”

Missy believes Aaliyah would still be knocking down doors, topping the charts, and bringing cash into box offices is she were alive today.

“If Aaliyah was still with us she would be setting trends as she always did and breaking down barriers. Her music and acting career would have been exploding out the roof because she was already on her way to that place.”

Missy also gave us a list of her favorite Aaliyah tracks. Check their videos after the jump:

“Are You That Somebody”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuWMW7hVdTs&w=510

“One in a Million”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKbWF1jwMhE&w=510

“If Your Girl Only Knew”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG5ilt3Hrt4&w=510

“Rock the Boat”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5AAcgtMjUI&w=510

What are some of your favorite Aaliyah songs, readers? And how do you remember her? Share in the comments section.

Read more on EW.com:
Mourning Aaliyah
Aaliyah Goes ‘Behind the Music’
The Plane Truth
EW’s review of her last album, Aaliyah

Originally posted August 25 2011 — 1:34 PM EDT

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