EXCLUSIVE: See Aaliyah in the Studio with R. Kelly in Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

So much of Aaliyah’s story is connected to R. Kelly. Whatever the extent of their romantic relationship, Kelly helped push the young star to the top of the R&B charts, producing her 1994 breakthrough album Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. Lifetime’s upcoming biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (Nov. 15) explores the pair’s history, including the much rumored wedding when Aaliyah was only 15 years old. But before we get into that, let’s hit the booth. In the clip above, we see a sunglasses-in-the-studio R.Kelly (Clé Bennett) telling his young protege (played by Alexandra Shipp) how he’s going to infuse her soft, sweet image with some “street” edge. This relationship is strictly professional, right? No? Do you think R. Kelly still gives high-fives? Check it out above.

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