Normani‘s “Wild Side” delighted and surprised fans with its tribute to Aaliyah … and the late singer’s uncle says she would’ve been totally cool with that, too.
If you missed it, Normani released his first new track in a few years, and with featurings Cardi B … many musicians think it contains an excerpt from Aaliyah’s “One in a Million”.
It raised eyebrows, as Aaliyah’s music is rarely sampled and isn’t even available on streaming services, but according to a very close family member… it’s all good.
Barry hankerson – Aaliyah’s uncle and catalog manager – told TMZ… her niece “has always encouraged young women to pursue their musical and entertainment careers, to make their dreams come true”.
Hankerson is the founder of Blackground Records and says he owns all of Aaliyah’s masters, and he says it’s clear that Normani was inspired by his music. He adds … “I believe Aaliyah would be very supportive of a young black woman who chose to emulate her music and style.”
Barry added that it would have been “more honorable” if the singer had first applied for approval to sample “One in a Million”, but ultimately he seems to give his seal of approval.
He said … “I won’t oppose anything that highlights Aaliyah’s incredible resistance. So with that in mind, I wish Normani good luck with song and career in general. May God bless you. I think Aaliyah would be delighted. “
A lawyer from Blackground confirmed with us that Aaliyah’s sample was never officially cleared for use, HOWEVER… Normani’s team insists that “Wild Side” does not actually use a direct sample. .
This could be up for debate, but Normani herself apparently confirmed that a sample was used when she responded to a tweet on Timbaland – “One in a Million” producer – thrills to her new track saying: “I must have died when I saw this.”
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