August 25th, 2010
01:51 PM ET
Nine years after singer Aaliyah's untimely Aug. 25 death in a plane crash in the Bahamas, Missy Elliott is still mourning the loss of her friend.
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of [Aaliyah] or watch a video or play her music," the rapper confessed in a new interview with MTV. "I miss her every day."
Elliott wrote and produced tracks for Aaliyah's 1996 album "One in a Million," and said that working with the R&B singer was a dream.
"She was such a big star, and I was scared she was gonna be some diva," explained Elliott. "But when we walked in the studio, her smile made the whole room glow! She was like 'Heyyyyy!' and gave us big hugs and made us feel like we were her cousins from down South. She was a very sweet spirit! Never seen her angry as long as I've known her, and in this business, that's unheard of!"
While Elliott, 39, isn't sure whether the rumored Aaliyah biopic is a go, she does see her legacy living on.
"I think it's hard for Aaliyah to be duplicated, because she had her own lane. But Ciara is an R&B singer who loves to dance, and Aaliyah was that same kinda artist," she told MTV. "We knew when she dropped a record, we couldn't wait for the video. I think Aaliyah has influenced artists like a Ciara."
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