Album: Aaliyah (2001)

It's crazy to think that this record actually didn't get recorded for two years due to Aaliyah's label thinking that "Rock the Boat" was "too sensual" of a song for Aaliyah. Who else at that time could have "worked the middle" to this record better than Aaliyah?

"Rock the Boat" was so summertime fresh that it actually made the label reconsider its roll-out plan, pushing the video shoot to August to get the single out before the end of the summer. The end result was a thing of beauty, with tropical visuals properly matching the laid back vibe of the instrumental. Perfect percussive accents dwell around the chilled melodies. It's a thing of beauty, and a perfect swan song for Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in the Bahamas after this video was wrapped. —khal