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Hot Like Fire (1997) – Music Video


Jelisa M.http://melanated-source.com
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

Music Video Review • The fifth single ‘Hot Like Fire’ from Aaliyah’s sophomore album One in A Million is a forgotten gem. I don’t understand why the song didn’t get the recognition it should have gotten when it first dropped. Produced by the dynamic duo Missy & Timbaland, ‘Hot Like Fire’ was not a commercial success as some of her other singles like ‘If your Girl Only’ & ‘One in a Million.’

As hot as the song was, the music video was just as hot. The song gave jeep riding in the summertime vibes and that’s exactly what director Lance “Un” Rivera gave. The video starts off with Aaliyah coming in from the background in a red sports car with her friends behind her in a red hummer and a fire truck. Aaliyah pulls up and hops out the car with so much drip with the black halter tube top and those red, black and white baggy pants. She gave us sexy with a side of tomboy.

TATI YAYO 🥶❄️ — astarkey: Oh it's gonna be hot like fire…

On top of the wardrobe being amazing, the choreography fit perfectly for the video. Fatima Robinson understands the assignment every single time when she choreographs. To me her choreography always tells the story of the song along with the lyrics. She doesn’t just throw in random choreography with videos, she seems to think them through. 

One of the best parts of the video were the cameos that were made. You had Lil Kim, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Changing Faces, Playa, Magoo & Aaliyah’s brother. The video gave me early 90’s cookout but with the cool cousins only. This is one video I can watch non-stop and never get tired of.

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