By: Sebastien “@TheGayBestie” Gaudin
Thirteen years after the death of iconic entertainer Aaliyah it seems as though her dying wish has been granted. After her successful career in entertainment was cut short her influence lingers through rising artist dominating today’s airwaves. Sevyn Streeter now 28-year old credits the late singer stating, “When I think back on that, I realize how long she’s not only been in me, but in our generation, and how long we’ve tried to imitate her.” Looking at her hit single, “Wont Stop” alongside musical sensation Chris Brown the sultry vibe of Aaliyah can be found within coos and runs. Her sweet vocals in the nineties introduces a new lane in mainstream R&B. “Coming from a church background, if you can’t hit high notes and runs, some say you can’t sing,” says Streeter. “She made me feel OK about not screaming over every track.”
“We owe our chill vibe to her,” says Tinashe, 21. “People were used to artists belting things out. She brought a new vocal styling that wasn’t represented in R&B. Not everything has to be so uptempo.”
We’ve all been familiar with the pipes of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, but her sound blazed through on its own right. Aside from her singing no one could deny how epic her image was. “You see her look every day on college campuses and music videos,” says Streeter. Definitely the quintessential tomboy she served a sense of fashion that is still idolized. Ciara is one artist that is heavy influenced and compared to her continuously. Being that both artists shared countless similarities.
This fall, Lifetime will air a biopic, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, without involvement from the singer’s family, but it’s facing similar problems, with fans piling up on each casting announcement. In July, Disney star Zendaya Coleman dropped out of the lead role. “The production value wasn’t there; it wasn’t being handled delicately,” she said in a video posted online.
BET’s 106 & Park co-host Keshia Chante, 26, auditioned to play Aaliyah in a planned VH1 biopic that also isn’t linked to the artist’s family. But after talking to Aaliyah’s mother, Dana Haughton, she backed out. “If the right production comes along and the family’s behind it, I’d do it,” says Chante. “Aaliyah’s been part of my life since I was 6.”
“I don’t necessarily think it’s a good idea,” she says. “It’s more respectful to let Aaliyah have her legacy, not create new storylines.”
Being that Aaliyah once said, “It’s hard to say what I want my legacy to be. I want people to look at me as a full on entertainer and a good person.” Looking at her evident influence left on music its safe to say mission accomplished.
Always Remembered & Loved!
About The Writer:
As a New Jersey native it came as no surprise when Sebastien, birthed a knack for l talking and writing. During his college days the young blogger gained experience through international talkers such as The Maury Show and The Mo’nique Show. After years of interning and assisting the aspiring journalist threw caution to the wind and launched The Gay Bestie, LLC.
The lifestyle and culture company provides a different spin on love, sex, relationships, and fashion. #TGB focuses on the 21st Century woman and her loyal companion, other known as the gay bestie. Readers will find discussions that are usually held behind closed doors placed in the forefront to totally meet the needs of all. No, topic is ever off limits.
So ladies brace yourselves because Sebastien is taking you places where you’ll be sure to blush and share a laugh! He’s giving exactly what’s been missing. Grab you’re favorite beverage (i.e. red wine), sit back, and prepare to gab about this with your girlfriends the minute you see them.