Fourteen years ago today, the industry lost one of its brightest stars in a heart wrenching tragedy. Despite Aaliyah’s untimely death, fans and artists have continued to celebrate her legacy by keeping her music alive.
From samples to the OVO produced single Enough Said, the amount of respect and admiration the industry has for her artistry seems stronger than ever, allowing fans to reminisce on her talents through the nostalgia surrounding her music.
The high level of appreciation Aaliyah has received for one of her final singles, Rock the Boat, has transcended into countless remixes by producers who specialize in everything from hip-hop to EDM. The diverse interpretation of the sensual track allows fans of all genres to enjoy the sereneness of her voice while celebrating the life of hip-hop’s “Baby Girl.”
Below are five of the best remixes of the “Rock the Boat,” each adding something different to the Aaliyah’s pleasure-driven track.
1) “Stroke it Baby” by Mr. Carmack
This gentle rendition of the track brings out the erotic nature of the lyrics. The mid-tempo repetition of the low synth and bass creates subtleness, keeping the same atmospheric groove of the original track.
2) “Rock the Boat” Cookin’ Soul Remix
Though the dynamic production duo brings a classic New York hip-hop edge to the track, the soulfulness of the track still remains constant.
3) “Rock the Boat” Full Crate Remix
Although the pitch of her voice is altered, the smooth drop of the beat creates a slow whining groove, complementing the sensual nature of her lyrics.
4) “Rock the Boat” salute. Remix
Despite it being faster than the original, the salute. produced track uses its EDM roots to create a calmness that makes it easy to vibe to.
5) “Rock the Boat” Question Remix
This track embodies a classic hip-hop feel; the smooth instrumental makes it an easy listen
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