She wore all-white Nike Air Force Ones with white socks. In her left arm she clutched a large, fluffy pillow in a black pillowcase.She got on the helicopter, nuzzled into Dash's shoulder and went to sleep."In this business, church girls become prostitutes because they want to be stars, but she would never let stardom interfere with who she was."She was nicknamed Li-Li and Baby Girl.She loved to sleep, to play word games, to make prank phone calls, to shop at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, to eat breakfast food, even late in the afternoon.I was there reporting a story on Jay-Z, and I was struck by Aaliyah's presence, the way she was in person, as she was onstage – sexy without losing her girlish sweetness.
"Try Again," from the soundtrack, is a playing-hard-to-get anthem, in which she's telling her suitor she's not going to be won right now but he shouldn't quit trying.
"She matured a lot in the last year," says Kidada Jones, one of her best friends. Her parents gave her more freedom, and she took more control of her projects. She wanted to have a family, and we talked about how we couldn't wait to kick back with our babies." She prayed before every meal and before she went to bed.
"God definitely must've needed an extra angel," says Sean "Puffy" Combs.
She grew up singing with her mother, and at eleven opened for her aunt Gladys Knight in Las Vegas.
She studied dance at the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts and earned a 4.0 GPA.