In a new interview centered around Just Blaze’s passion for records, the producer opened up about Aaliyah. In the video, Blaze recalls that Aaliyah was scheduled to work with him and Freeway but that their collaboration was never done due to her tragic plane crash.
“When Aaliyah died in that plane crash, she was on her way to come meet me and Freeway to do a remix for ‘More Than a Woman.’ She had left her video shoot. I guess it was in the Bahamas, I think,” he told Fuse. “We got a call saying, ‘She just got on a plane. She’ll be at the studio in an hour or two.’ Then, 20 minutes later, people are on the radio saying that she died. We didn’t believe because we had literally just got off the phone with her people. We got confirmation a few minutes later that it was true…Rest in peace to Aaliyah. Super sad.”
The clip, titled “Crate Diggers,” also features some of Just Blaze’s record collection as he talks about his passion for music. In the interview, Blaze talks about how he became a collector, how other producers have influenced him and how many records he’s lost.
The clip can be seen below.