First of all, this cover is absolute fire.
Aaliyahs Are You That Somebody is one of the most stylish R&B tracks you’ll ever hear. It was so ahead of it’s time for 1998 that only in the last 3 or 4 years has contemporary R&B really surpassed it’s innovation. The song showcased the talen of a young Timbaland, Static Major and Aaliyah, sadly two of those 3 have passed away but not without leaving their mark. That said, it takes some style, personality and a big voice to cover such a song and The Gossip’s Beth Ditto is lacking in none of those departments. The Gossip flips this jam to perfection opting for a minimalist drum and bass production putting Beth front and center. There’s so much over production these days that it’s rare to find a song where it’s all about an artist and pure expression. Beth reinvented this song in the best way possible and I had to share with you all. R.I.P. Aaliyah & Static Major.