TBT: 1998, When Aaliyah Asked “Are You That Somebody?”

by Alisha Jackson

During this week in 1998, Aaliyah was halfway into her reign at number one on Billboard’s Rhythmic songs chart with her song “Are You That Somebody?”. We know the sound of that baby cooing never left your brain, but did you know these throwback tidbits about the song?

1. It samples two different songs.

In the video above, you’ll find that baby cooing sound from Perrey and Kingsley’s 1966 hit, “Countdown at 6.”

In the video below, you’ll hear Aaliyah’s second song sample, D. Train’s “You’re The One For Me.”

2. Aaliyah initially wasn’t a fan of the song.

In an issue of Vibe magazine, co-writer of the song, Stephen “Static Major” Harrett, said that Aaliyah didn’t like “Are You That Somebody?” at first. He also said that she didn’t like his song “Try Again,” but that she agreed to record both.

3. The record almost didn’t happen.

In the video above, Timbaland can be seen talking about the night the single was recorded. It last minute after a show.

4. There are two music videos for the song.

The video above shows both music videos side by side. The one on the left features footage from the film Dr. Dolittle, while the one on the right includes some extra footage.

5. The video was shot in a cave at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

Bronson Canyon is best known for being used as the “Batcave” in the Batman television series of the 1960’s. You can see the actors leaving the cave at the end of the clip above.

Those are your Throwback Tidbits for the 1998 hit, “Are You That Somebody?”! Check back next Thursday for a brand new #TBT!

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