11 Years Later, DMX Remembers Aaliyah

On the anniversary of the R&B singer's death, an MC reflects on her influence in his life.

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A little over a decade ago, R&B singer Aaliyah died in a plane crash, to the despair of her many fans. Of the many entertainment partners she collaborated with, including Missy Elliott, Timbaland and Ginuwine, rapper DMX remembers the pair's special relationship, reports Aol, developed while shooting the film Romeo Must Die and the video for the song "Back in One Piece."

"I had fun shooting that video," the 41-year-old Yonkers, N.Y., native admits. "My wife [Tashera Simmons] got mad because there was one scene I was sitting up on the bench and [Aaliyah] was sitting [below] between my legs. I had on a jean jacket, it was a little chilly, and [Aaliyah] just had on a T-shirt.

"I was rubbing her arms, warming her up ... I just felt the eyeballs [from Tashera]. A wife can give you a stare that will burn the side of your head. It was like a magnifying glass with the sun on me [laughs]. But I wouldn't change a thing."

The memories DMX has of the lauded singer are both personal and positive. His youngest daughter, 1, shares Aaliyah's name -- a sign of appreciation for the impact the deceased performer had on his life. Years ago, he brought Aaliyah to an awards show in L.A. as his guest. The exact event slips the Undisputed MC's mind but a smile washes over his face as he speaks on how he saw himself as "the man" that day.

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