Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001 when she was just 22 years old. In the 2011 interview, DMX said that the R&B singer would still be a superstar if she were still alive.
“Half these chicks that are doing it right now wouldn’t be doing it,” he explained. “Aaliyah would be on top. As far as I’m concerned, she’s still on top.”
He also shared the message he’d want to send to Aaliyah: “Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for memories. They’re all priceless.”
DMX also memorialized Aaliyah in the music video for her song “Miss You,” which was released posthumously.
“Dearest, sweet Aaliyah, I have trouble accepting the fact that you’re gone,” he said at the start of the video. “So, I won’t. It’ll be like we went for a while without seeing each other. But I can understand why God would have wanted you close to him. ‘Cause you truly were an angel on earth. In my own special way, I love you and miss you.”
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