Year: 1998

In our recent interview with super-producer Swizz Beatz, he let go of a surprising nugget of information. Almost no one knew the beat for Eve’s 1999 hit single “Gotta Man” was intended for Aaliyah.

Swizz recalled that back when Aaliyah was working with Timbaland on her uncle’s Blackground Entertainment label, she reached out in hopes of working with him. However, their schedules and labels prevented the collaboration from happening. Rather than let the “Gotta Man” beat go to waste, Swizz put it in Eve’s hands because he was also working on her album at the time.