[Mixtape] DJ Mensa “Babygirl: An Aaliyah Retrospective”

Wow. It’s barely been 24-hours since Rot (that’s not a typo, btw) dropped #Breathe and now our good homie Mensa has unleashed an Aaliyah mix to commemorate the 10-Year Anniversary of her untimely passing. Hard to believe it’s been 10 years already, but we still miss you #babygirl.

Taken from DJMensa.com:

Today marks the 10th year of the passing of our beloved Aaliyah.

For everyone that came up with her music, this one especially hurt.

Following her career was watching a flower in bloom. Aaliyah’s sultry voice, mature demeanour, and provocative lyrics at so young an age captivated millions. Hers was the archetype for so many teenage women coming into their own. She encountered controversy early in her career, and shrugged it off with remarkable grace, and emerged with a new sound, identity, and stronger resolve. Her track record remained virtually flawless. As Aaliyah grew up, so did we.

It was never hard to find something you could love in Aaliyah, someone who had lived in the spotlight from day one. She was a regular girl even while walking down the red carpet. Aaliyah could turn on the star power at will, but found pockets of fun in a business that took itself so seriously. She kept her circle devoid of hangers-on and yes men. Her family was her main priority and support system. The spoils of celebrity were a bonus but not a priority. Aaliyah kept herself balanced because she was in her element as an entertainer.

Aaliyah’s life was tragically cut short at the height of her fame, and is comparable with Kurt, Jimi, Janis, and now Amy as artists who we all knew had long thriving careers ahead of them, but now we can only speak of beautiful fleeting moments we had during their time with us.

This is a mix of her key singles and album cuts. Songs that became anthems for us while we crushed on someone heavy, were in the midst of infatuation, embroiled in argument, or were dealt the crushing blow of love lost. Aaliyah explains her mindset at the different times of her artistry and career throughout the mix.

Forever with us. Rest in peace, Babygirl.

Hot Like Fire
Down With The Clique
A Girl Like You (with Treach)
Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number
Loose Rap
More Than A Woman
If Your Girl Only Knew
I Need You Tonight (with Junior M.A.F.I.A.)
Are You Ready
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
I’m Down
Back In One Piece (with DMX)
Rock The Boat
Try Again
Back & Forth
No One Knows How to Love Me Quite Like You Do
The Thing I Like
One In A Million
4 Page Letter
The One I Gave My Heart To
I Don’t Wanna
Best Friends (with Missy Elliott)
My Body’s Callin’ Remix (with R. Kelly)
Choosey Lover
Up Jumps Da Boogie Interlude
Are You That Somebody? (with Timbaland)
We Need A Resolution (with Timbaland)
At Your Best (You Are Love)
I Miss You

Download “Babygirl: An Aaliyah Retrospective”
(right click on PC, ctrl+click on Mac): http://www.djmensa.com/mixes/djmensa_babygirl.mp3

Thanks to Bozack Morris of Graphic Violence for the cover.


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