By autumn’s arrival, Dom Kennedy’s Yellow Album should go down as a cohesive project which provided the soundtrack to many a nights during the summer of 2012. The Rick Ross-assisted “Gold Alpinas” already stands as a catalog definable record for Dom for a variety of reasons; the well-placed Aaliyah sample ultimately certifying itself as the song’s first and arguably most identifiable quality being one.
Already featured on One In A Million – her 1996 classic boasting the hit records “The One I Gave My Heart To,” “4 Page Letter,” “Hot Like Fire,” “One In A Million” and “If Your Girl Only Knew” – “Never Comin’ Back” is often relegated to the backseat whenever the discussion of her best tracks are mentioned. Timbaland’s simple production and Missy Elliot’s flawless pen game combined with Babygirl’s peerless voice of quality and sensuality worked wonders as it often did in the mid-to-late ’90’s and early 2000’s.* “Never Comin’ Back” represented heartbreak, yet conveyed itself as a carefree ode to the brighter side of life.
Labeling Aaliyah a sex symbol is obvious. A crush on her was as common as Michael Jordan MVP awards in the 1990’s. Yet, with artists like Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and now Dom Kennedy all paying tribute to the fallen songstress via their own music, her impact through inspiring their creativity is an awe-inspiring legacy all in its own. And one worth never losing sight of.
Aaliyah – “Never Comin’ Back” (Prod. By Timbaland)
* – Seriously, the “big three” of Timbo, Missy and Aaliyah very rarely, if ever, missed back during their glory days.