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According to Aaliyah: ''"As far as it being sexy, I would prefer to say sensual. Sensual is being in tune with your sensual self. Sexy, I mean that's in the eye of the beholder, such as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So if people term it sexy, it's different. So I just think it's being sensual, I would rather term it as that."''
 
According to Aaliyah: ''"As far as it being sexy, I would prefer to say sensual. Sensual is being in tune with your sensual self. Sexy, I mean that's in the eye of the beholder, such as beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So if people term it sexy, it's different. So I just think it's being sensual, I would rather term it as that."''
 
===Recording & Production===
 
===Recording & Production===
"One in a Million" was recorded from August 1995 through 1996. It was executively produced by Craig Kallman, Barry Hankerson and Jomo Hankerson, while Missy Elliott and Timbaland both wrote and produced majority of the album's material.
 
 
Other producers that were also involved in crafting the album include Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Daryl Simmons, Vincent Herbert, Craig King, Carl-So-Lowe and Kay Gee from Naughty by Nature.
 
 
"If Your Girl Only Knew" served as the album's lead single and it was described by Atlantic Records product development director Eddie Santiago as ''"a very funky mid-tempo track with lots of heavy keyboard and organ work along with live drums and a thumping bass line."''
 
 
The single was produced by then newcomer Timbaland and promotional copies of the single was serviced to R&B and cross over stations on July 12, 1996.
 
 
While speaking with Billboard about the development of the album Eddie Santiago mentioned ''"We wanted Aaliyah to keep growing, so we didn't want to have the same suspects on her new project".''
 
 
In that very same interview with Billboard, Aaliyah discussed the direction of the album by saying, ''"I wanted to maintain my smooth street musical image but wanted to be funky and hot yet sophisticated".''
 
 
With this album, Aaliyah was more involved with crafting the album's material by taking co-writing credits and assisting in the creative direction of the project.
 
 
An example of her crafting material for the album is with the song "No Days Go By", on that song Aaliyah was involved with the vocal arrangement.
 
 
The album has two remake covers: "Choosy Lover" by the Isley Brothers and "Got To Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye, which features Slick Rick.
 
 
Aaliyah decided to cover "Got To Give It Up" because she wanted to have party songs on the album.
 
 
In an interview Aaliyah stated: ''"I wanted some real party songs, so when my uncle played me that [original track], I thought of how I could make it different. Slick Rick [who’d been in jail] was on work release at the time, so Vincent got him on the song."''
 
 
She elaborated more about covering "Got to Give it Up" by saying: ''“I don’t know how Marvin Gaye fans will react, but I hope they like it. I always think it’s a great compliment when people remake songs. I hope one day after I’m not here that people will cover my songs."''
 
 
Once Aaliyah signed with Atlantic, she and Atlantic Records chairman Craig Kallman discussed that it was important to find innovative producers who wasn't dominating the music charts at that particular time to produce the album.
 
 
Eventually, Kallman started meeting with multiple unknown songwriters and producers and one producer by the name of Timbaland stuck out to him the most.
 
 
Kallman mentioned: ''"I really just started meeting with tons and tons of new songwriters and producers, just looking for someone creative that had their own spin on things. And one day, this young kid came in. His name was Tim Moseley. He started playing me beats and it was a really obvious meeting of, ‘This doesn’t sound like anything that’s out there and really had its own super exciting and electric, just dynamic properties."''
 
 
Kallman eventually contacted Aaliyah and told her about Timbaland and when they met for the first time they hit it off immediately."
 
 
According to Kallman: ''"I called up Aaliyah, and I said, ‘You need to meet this guy. His name’s Timbaland, and he’s new. He’s out of the Devonte [Swing] camp. I said I think this could be your muse to really create something special. And they hit it off"."''
 
 
During the process for recording "One in a Million", Aaliyah's label received a demo of a song called “Sugar and Spice,” from Timbaland and Missy. The label felt that the song was too childish in content for her, but they liked both the structure of the record and the melody and they eventually sent the record to Aaliyah.
 
 
After hearing the song she thought that record was the best thing that she ever heard, so Aaliyah's label flew Timbaland and Missy to Detroit to work with her.
 
 
Prior to working with Aaliyah both Timbaland and Missy were skeptical about working with her because they didn't think that she would approve of their material.
 
 
According to Aaliyah: ''“At first, Tim and Missy were skeptical if I would like their work, but I thought it was tight, just ridiculous, Their sound was different and unique, and that’s what appealed to me."''
 
 
Prior to working with the duo, Aaliyah spoke with them over the phone and explained what type of material that she wanted to record.
 
 
She stated: ''“Before we got together, I talked to them on the phone and told them what I wanted. I said, ‘You guys know I have a street image, but there is a sexiness to it, and I want my songs to complement that’; I told them that before I even met them. Once I said that, I didn't have to say anything else. Everything they brought me was the bomb.”''
 
 
Eventually, Aaliyah began working with both Timbaland and Missy at Vanguard Studios in Detroit for a week. The earliest songs that she recorded for the album with the duo was "One in a Million" and "If Your Girl Only Knew."
 
 
After spending a week recording songs at Vanguard Studios, the trio then later flew to Pyramid Studios in Ithaca, New York, to work on more songs. Aside from recording songs with Timbaland and Missy at Vanguard Studios, Aaliyah also recorded songs with producer Craig King at that same studio.
 
 
According to King: "We did about eight songs and out of the eight, four made it" (including the songs "Got to Give It Up" and "Never Giving Up.")
 
 
"Never Giving Up" was written by King and Monica Payne.
 
 
In an interview, King stated: ''"I wrote Never Givin’ Up with a girl named Monica Payne who now manages V Bozeman. We started to work on the track, writing lyrics. She sat on the floor and the first line, Sitting here in this empty room,’ because the room was fairly empty because I had just moved into that house."''
 
 
The song was King's way of showing love to the Isley Brothers and it was also an ode to gospel music group, the Clark Sisters with the lines: “Angels watching over me."
 
 
The song was made into a duet once Aaliyah heard an earlier demo with just Tavarius Polk. She loved his voice and the producers decided to keep him on the song. It was recorded in one session with Aaliyah recording the song with the lights turned completely off in the recording booth so people couldn't see her face.
 
 
Aaliyah worked with songwriter Diane Warren and producer Darryl Simmons on the song "The One I Gave My Heart To."
 
 
The song came into fruition when songwriter Diane Warren expressed interest in working with Aaliyah, According to Warren: ''"I remember really liking Aaliyah and wanting to work with her." ''
 
 
Eventually, Warren reached out to Atlantic Records chairman Craig Kallman to express the possibility of working with Aaliyah and Kallman agreed to the collaboration.
 
 
Warren's goal in working with Aaliyah was to have her do a certain song that she would not have normally done, to showcase a different side of her, which included displaying her vocal range in a different way than she was used to doing.
 
 
Once Diane Warren was on board, producer Babyface was chosen to produce the song. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, he was unable to complete the work, so he enlisted producer Daryl Simmons to replace him instead.
 
 
Simmons would go on to produce the album version of the song, while pop producer Guy Roche would go on to produce the single version of the song.
 
 
 
===Composition===
 
===Composition===
 
The album opens with an "alarm call" from the jungle inspired intro track: "Beats 4 Da Streets" and it features commentary from Missy Elliot.
 
The album opens with an "alarm call" from the jungle inspired intro track: "Beats 4 Da Streets" and it features commentary from Missy Elliot.
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