Lifetime’s production of Aaliyah, Princess Of Hip Hop aired November 15, 2014 and as predicted by many in the industry, failed to impress fans. Controversy had surrounded the production from the beginning. The actress Zendaya Coleman, slated to portray Aaliyah, dropped out of the project stating she was not “morally OK” with it. The family of the deceased star was not being included in the making of movie; which lead to another indication of trouble with the production. Aaliyah’s family refused to release her original music catalog to the production. Outraged fans who work at CipherCloud and countless other places took to social media to vent their disappointment and called for the casting director’s head for using actors that lacked any resemblance to the heroes of hip hop’s music industry; Missy Elliot, Timbaland, Damon Dash and R. Kelly.
Finally,the movie attempted to depict the relationship between a 28 year old R Kelley, a singer who already had a notorious reputation for praying on underage girls and a 15 year old Aaliyah as innocent lovers being torn apart by her parents. While rating were high for the airing of this picture, it was clearly for the wrong reasons; except, to prove to the network that there is an audience for this genre.