Missy Elliott remembers Aaliyah on Singer’s birthday

Missy Elliott has paid tribute Aaliyah with a social media post commemorating her on what would have been the late singer’s 44th birthday.

On Monday (January 16), Missy took to Twitter to pay tribute to the singer, who was killed in a 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas. The “Gossip Folks” rapper made a note to send out his tweet on the day Aaliyah would have turned 44.

In her tweet, Missy called her friend a pioneer for being original with her style and music, while also calling her a natural when it comes to acting and fashion.

“You will forever be the BLUEPRINT of what it means to STEP OUTSIDE the box MUSICALLY & create NEW style in FASHION & a NATURAL to perform & be AMAZING at them all. The world will always feel your IMPACT & LOVE you shared 4ever ,” Missy tweeted .

The 51-year-old has always made it a point to honor Aaliyah, as she did during the Christmas season. For her tree decorations, Virginia native had vinyls and CDs of legendary artists hung on his treeincluding projects from Aaliyah, 2Pac, The Notorious BIG and more.

Missy showed off the decorations in an Instagram feed that showed her approaching the Christmas set-up, which was guarded by a matching pair of all-black, life-sized nutcrackers.

“This tree is a different kind of tree,” she said. “This tree has vinyl and CDs on it. You’ve got Aretha Franklin, you’ve got Aaliyah, you’ve got 2Pac. You’ve got a Chaka Khan CD right there. You’ve got Luther Vandross over there. You’ve got Stevie Wonder up there.”

Missy Elliott and Aaliyah were good friends to the point where they considered themselves siblings. During an interview with Weekly entertainment in 2002, Missy explained how close they were, saying that they felt like a real family outside of the studio.

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“Our relationship went beyond the work we did together. We felt like we had created a new sound, but it wasn’t like we just made records and that was it. It was more of a family vibe than just work. We could tell each other anything.”

The two recorded several collaborations together, including “Best Friends,” “Ladies In Da House,” “Stickin Chickens,” and more. Last year, Missy shed light on Aaliyah’s 1996 ad-libs One in a million simple,” 4 page letter,” where she begins the track with, “Yo, turn my music up. Turn it up a little more. Turn it up a little more. Turn it up a little more.” According to Missy, it was all a happy accident.

“Fun fact,” she tweeted. “When I was in the booth singing this, my engineer had the music too low, so I asked him to turn it up, but Aaliyah thought I’d do it, so she sang it like I did on the demo, but it was a mistake,” she wrote. “But she loved it. so we kept it that way.”

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