The American rapper and singer-songwriter made history last Friday by becoming the first female rapper to have her name etched in the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Together with musical behemoths like Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan, and Willie Nelson, American rapper, producer, singer-songwriter, and fashion icon Missy Elliott was inducted into the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making her the first female rapper to be enshrined with the honor.
Through Missy Elliott’s visionary presence as both a producer and an artist, reshaping the entirety of rap and R&B that followed her, she has had a generational impact on rap music. Starting with her debut album ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ in 1997, which went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy, Missy Elliott followed up with not one but three magnum opuses that won her several accolades.
The honor was awarded to Missy Elliott after a speech from fellow female rapper Queen Latifah, who introduced her, saying, “You feel free? You want to try some wild shit? Thank Missy.” Queen Latifah also recalled the time when Missy Elliott made her breakthrough as an artist: “Trust me, nothing sounded the same after Missy Elliott came on the scene. All the kick snares, everything changed. The bass lines changed, the pockets changed, the cadence, the writing. And that’s because Missy has always been a futurist, someone who’s always looking ahead.”
Speaking about the award, Missy Elliott said, “I’ve been through so many ups and downs and I know where my gifts come from. God has brought me all the way here. He has allowed me to meet some incredible people along the way.”
She continued: “All of these people have impacted people around the world through their music. Sometimes I be like, do people really realize, like through music, what music do with people? That’s the one thing I think we can all say that comes together is music.”
While being the first female artist to receive the honor, Missy Elliott also joins the handful of hip-hop artists to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Eminem, Public Enemy, and Jay-Z being the previous recipients.
This was the first time that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was streamed online, and some of the other high-profile inductees included Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, The Spinners, Kate Bush, and George Michael.
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