Prior to last night, Aaliyah’s introductory album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number was the only streamable part of her catalog. Complex recently published an in depth feature on the reasoning behind it, attributing the absence to the fact that her uncle, Barry Hankerson, owns the majority of the late singer’s work. Over the last 15 years, he has simply chosen not to grant privileges to any music platform.
Ultimate Aaliyah is a compilation of many of the songstresses’ classics including “Try Again,” “Rock the Boat,” and “More Than a Woman.” The project’s release by Craze Productions is reminiscent of a 2013 lawsuit involving a company called Craze Digital. The record group illegally sold tracks from Aaliyah and One in a Million on iTunes, which they later removed. Because UA doesn’t visibly contain the Hankerson stamp of approval, no one really knows how long the music will remain available.
With that in mind, revel in the album here while you can.