4 Artists Who Have Sampled Aaliyah’s ‘One in a Million’ Song
Despite having passed away more than 20 years ago, Aaliyah's legacy still lives on as she remains one of the most loved artists in the R&B genre.
She started her musical career at a young age and released her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, in 1994 when she was just 15 years old.
The album saw tremendous success, peaking at No.3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts and receiving platinum certification within five months of its release. Aaliyah then began working with Timbaland for her second album titled One In A Million, which peaked at No.2 on the R&B chart and sold over 2 million units in just the first year.
Over the years, her song with the same title as the album has been sampled by some of the most successful artists today, including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and many more. Here’s a look at four artists who sampled Aaliyah’s ‘One In A Million’ track.
Normani ‘Wild Side’
Normani’s song ‘Wild Side’ featuring Cardi B, is one of the most recent songs that has sampled Aaliyah’s hit song. When talking on the Zach Sang Show, Normani revealed Aaliyah was one of her favorite artists of all time.
She was touched by her music for the first time during Aaliyah's peak years and said the 1990s and 2000s were the best eras of music. Normani’s ‘Wild Side’ took much inspiration from ‘One In A Million,’ and the singer shared what she thought of her song and its relation to the late Princess of R&B.
I felt like the record was strong enough to be able to feel nostalgic but also to feel like I have ownership over it. Like it’s in there and it’s like, ‘Okay! It makes me feel the same thing One In A Million made me feel but it’s original’. I felt like it was original enough so I didn’t stress over it.
Ariana Grande ‘West Side’
Ariana Grande’s 2020 song ‘West Side’ is another song that sampled 'One In A Million' for its beat.
Grande penned the song with her friend and frequent co-writer, Victoria Monet, and it’s believed that it is based on her relationship with Dalton Gomez.
Tink reworked ‘One In A Million’ in her 2015 song ‘Million’ with Timbaland supporting her. The producer revealed his reason for letting Tink flip Aaliyah’s song during 2015’s The Fader Fort.
I don’t touch Baby Girl’s records — you know that’s Aaliyah. I was riding home one day, asleep, she spoke to me in my sleep, and said [Tink’s] the one.
Jay-Z ‘A Million And One Question’
In Jay-Z’s 2001 song ‘A Million and One Question,’ DJ Premier, who produced the track, sampled Aaliyah’s song. Though Aaliyah and Jay Z never collaborated, the rapper remixed Aaliyah’s ‘Miss You,’ where he rapped about her absence.
Jay-Z also paid homage to many other artists in the song, including Big L, Freaky Tah, Tupac, and Notorious BIG.