(GEMS RADIO)—Missy Elliott has proven herself in the rap game and now she wants her predecessors to get the same acknowledgement.
She told Forbes magazine: “Women have played a big part in what we call Hip Hop in this culture,” she said. “These women are my friends, and we don’t just come together when it’s time to perform; we speak on the phone and hang around each other. I always think about how these are the same women that I looked up to and still do.”
She continued: “They have kicked down the doors for all the women you see today in 2023. Even if the women that are out now may not be familiar with all of their records, they have to know that these women are the reason they’re able to be on many of these platforms.”
She cherishes her mentorship and friendship with Diddy and Mary J. Blige especially. “They told me what to do and how to be a go-getter, a hustler, be consistent and be different, things you need in this industry,” Missy Elliott said. “So when you have that mentor, it’s everything, especially someone who has already been on that walk. It’s very important for me to be a big sister to those coming behind me because I had Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Salt-N-Pepa be that to me.”
Besides giving the women rappers who came before her their due, Missy was nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as of recent.