Because Normani has long cited Aaliyah as an influence it came as no surprise her latest song and music video, ‘Wild Side,’ was chockfull of homages to the late R&B princess.
From choreography remiscent of that found aboard the latter’s ‘More Than a Woman’ visual to the instrumental structure of ‘Side’ itself bearing resemblance to the Aaliyah’s signature hit, ‘One In a Million,’ many fans of both singers were pleased with what they thought were tributes to the fallen diva.
And while the 25-year-old continues to collect critical acclaim for her Cardi B-assisted banger, there’s one critic who isn’t completely on the bandwagon: Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson.
Fans of Aaliyah know her music is rarely sampled, a feat Hankerson waxed honest about recently when speaking with TMZ.
“[Aaliyah] always encouraged young women pursuing their musical and entertainment careers, to achieve their dreams,” he said before later continuing, “I believe that Aaliyah would be very supportive of a young Black woman that chose to emulate her music and style.”
Though he made it clear he supported the venture, he also asserted that she did not clear the ‘One in a Million’ sample with the late singer’s estate.