AALIYAH UNCLE BARRY HANKERSON TALKS DEBATING MURDER OVER R. KELLY ALLEGATIONS

  The addition of the rest Aaliyah’s catalog to streaming services beginning with her 1996 album One In A Million was met with joy by fans and disgust by select members of her estate.   Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson has been vocal about the return of the full Blackground Records catalog along with Aaliyah’s and in a recent interview with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, he discussed not only the catalog but his feelings towards R. Kelly, who he introduced to his teenage niece in the 1990s.   “To be very honest with you, of course, I…

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Aaliyah’s Estate Slams ‘Unscrupulous’ Effort to Release Her Music ‘Without Transparency’

Aaliyah‘s estate is standing firm in their effort to protect the late singer’s legacy.   Weeks before the 20th anniversary of her tragic death, Aaliyah’s estate released a statement slamming an effort by the singer’s former label to drop her music on streaming services. (On Instagram, Blackground Records 2.0 shared a website and hashtag #AaliyahIsComing earlier this week teasing the return of her music.) “Protecting Aaliyah’s legacy is, and will always be, our focus. For 20 years we have battled behind the scenes, enduring shadowy tactics of deception with unauthorized…

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Aaliyah’s Uncle Barry Hankerson Is Reviving His Old Record Label As ‘Blackground Records 2.0’

Barry Hankerson, the man who brought us talents including his niece, the late Aaliyah, is reviving his old record label Blackground Records rebranded as Blackground Records 2.0. Multiple streets were shut down in Atlanta Saturday as the first lady of Blackground Records 2.0, Autumn Marini, shot her first video ahead of the label’s launch. Barry spoke exclusively to The Shade Room to talk about the rebirth of his label–which gave us Timbaland’s “Shock Value II” in 2009 before a more than 10-year hiatus–and bragged on his new artist who he…

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Normani Sample Aaliyah’s One In A Million For Her New Single ‘Wild Side’(Aaliyah Uncle Responds)

Normani took a little music hiatus but she came back with a vengeance with the release of her new single “Wild Side” featuring Cardi B. The 90s vibe of the song paired with the spicy music video and of course a feature from Cardi had people talking, but a lot of fans also pointed out that the song seemingly pays homage to Aaliyah’s “One In A Million”. As y’all know, it’s extremely rare that artists get their hands on an approved Aaliyah sample seeing as though her music isn’t even…

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