Aaliyah recorded "Are You That Somebody" for the soundtrack to the film "Dr.
Doolittle." It was produced by Timbaland and brought them both strong critical acclaim.
"Try Again" was recorded for the soundtrack to the film "Romeo Must Die, which starred Aaliyah in her first major movie role.
The song was produced by Timbaland and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Timbaland's opening rap in the song is taken from "I Know You Got Soul" by rap legends Eric B. "Try Again" included influences from Detroit techno and acid house music.
It became one of Aaliyah's most celebrated songs.
Aaliyah's "Try Again" was her only single to go to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It became the first song to hit #1 based solely on radio airplay.
Detailing a relationship with difficulties, lyrical snippets like "Am I supposed to change, are you supposed to change," and "We need a resolution, we have so much confusion" weave with a hypnotic clarinet sample by John Ottman.
Among the studio work Timbaland performed was transforming the clarinet sample from 10/8 time to 4/4.
"If Your Girl Only Knew" hit #1 on the R&B singles chart and went to #11 on the "Billboard" Hot 100.