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Aaliyah’s “Rock The Boat” Was Written 2 Years Before Her Label Released It

Before Aaliyah’s “Rock The Boat” single was released by her label two years after Static Major wrote the song. The label felt Aaliyah wasn’t ready for a sexual single at the time and had intentions on making “More Than A Woman” the second single from her self-titled album. The album released on July 7, 2001, would be the late singer’s last album.

The song, produced by Keybeats, was almost never completed, because Eric Seats didn’t feel the energy of the record at the time of production.

” I’m the kind of guy that once I start producing a track and I don’t feel it right away sometimes, I would delete it and just start something over fresh”

Luckily, the late Static Major got a hold of the track and after hearing it through headphones, he begin writing the hook right away.  Dave Foreman and Rapture Stewart were brought in to add strings and guitars to the production.

“More Than Woman” was originally supposed to be the official second single, but with the heavy airplay of “Rock The Boat,” the label decided to switch their decision.

“Rock The Boat” stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 25 weeks.