Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?” is perhaps best known for its loop sample of a baby cooing. The Brooklyn songstress Bell excludes this defining feature on her cover, yet this version of the Aaliyah chart topper is nonetheless just as catchy as the original (not to mention Anna Rossi’s cover).
Growing up, I was a huge huge fan of ‘90s R&B princess Aaliyah. I saw Romeo Must Die; I learned the choreography to “Rock the Boat”; I sang her song “I Miss You” in the shower every morning. While I don’t think anything can compare to the original version of her first massive hit “Are You That Somebody?”, pop-violist Anni Rossi‘s version is a refreshing take on the difficult task of finding a lover. It proves a worthy successor to her previous R&B-gal cover of Rihanna’s “Rude Boy.”