Former Roc-A-Fella Records co-owner Damon “Dame” Dash found himself remembering better times with late girlfriend/singer Aaliyah today (June 12) on his Instagram page. #ChokedUp

Dash posted a photo hugging the R&B singer during his Roc days onto Instagram Thursday (June 12).

“Nothing better then laughing with your chick #trulove #misshereveryday #thebestthateverdidit,” Dame captioned to the photo. (Dame Dash’s Instagram)

Despite a hectic work schedule, Dame said they always cherished the time they had together in 2011.

“The energy we created together for people to observe was kind of crazy. We’d be in a room full of people talking to each other and it felt like everyone was listening but it would be just us,” Dame explained in an interview. “It would be like we were the only ones in the room. It was like something was going down in history every time I was with her. Every time I was around her I felt it was the place to be. Our time together meant so much that when we got more time, we felt like that [engagement] would be next. She was one of the best people I ever met. Even with the pain I felt, I would do it all over again.” (Billboard)

Days following her 2001 fatal plane crash, Dame revealed plans to marry Aaliyah.

“We were definitely gonna be married. As soon as she had time, we were getting married — like after ‘The Matrix,’ ” he said. “She was the one — she was definitely the one for me. It wasn’t an official proposal, we had just talked about it, you know?” (MTV)

A few years ago, Young Money rapper Drake credited Aaliyah for inspiring his career.

“Aaliyah has probably had the most impact on my career because when I made a choice to start singing, it was because of something my father had told me, which was, ‘There’s no rapper out there that sings and raps and does both things well.’ And he’s like, ‘In order to be successful, you’re going to need something other than what everyone else is doing. So when I started singing — I was rapping already at the time so I had an identity in rap but when I started singing, I needed something to reference…I didn’t ever want it to be a male because then I would sound like that person, so I just found comfort in all of Aaliyah’s music. And her melody choices and the things she talks about and how she conveyed these amazing emotions but she never got too sappy. She always kept it ‘G.'” (Soul Culture)