2001 was a roller-coaster year for fans of R&B. Girl group Destiny’s Child (formerly known as Girl’s Tyme) were on top of the world, dominating the charts with hit singles like “Survivor” and “Bootylicious,” led none other than a 20-year-old Beyoncé Knowles.
On August 25, 2001, tragedy struck the music world as Aaliyah died in a plane crash shortly after taking off from the Bahamas where she just finishing shooting her now-iconic music video for “Rock the Boat.”
Needless to say, the Princess of R&B and the future Queen Bey never had a chance to collaborate on a record, but that hasn’t stopped Orlando-based producer Amorphous from imagining what they might sound like together.
Days ago, the 19-year-old artist uploaded a mashup of Beyoncé’s “All Night” from 2016’s Lemonade and Aaliyah’s 1996 hit, “One In A Million.”
Listen to the remix below:
Before it had even been posted for a day, the remix had thousands of retweets. For the most part, the Twittersphere was quick to respond with praise for the holy combo.
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 7, 2017
— The Lue Crew (@TheLueCrew) June 7, 2017
Of course, to be completely honest, there were a handful of folks who just were not here for the mashup at all:
Beyonce vocals DO NOT belong on Aaliyah songs. Fuck outta here with that mess!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/4UYQER529d
— MINX (@MinxCouture) June 7, 2017
As we’ve all learned one way or another, there’s a “hive” for every artist on the internet, so one’s always got to be wary when making bold statement’s about somebody’ fave, yet alone making a mashup including a departed legend and a living one.
Amorphous doesn’t appear to be letting the praise or shade for his remix mess with his head:
Mashups aren't for everyone, and that's okay! I create them just for fun in order to introduce people to my other work/music/films/art. 💞
— amorphous (@loneamorphous) June 6, 2017
On the 15 year anniversary of Aaliyah’s death, Beyoncé shared this snippet on her Instagram, of the young Child of Destiny interviewing Miss Haughton prior to the 2000 MTV VMAs.
So while we’ll never know exactly what the two icons would’ve cooked up together, thanks to Amorphous we can at least get a small taste.