Missy Elliott may still have a chance to collaborate with Prince on recordings he sent her in the past—if she can find them first.
During an interview with Canadian radio program The Strombo Show back in May, Elliott spoke about the time she asked Prince for permission to use a lookalike of him during one of her shows. The two met in Los Angeles and Prince sent Elliott music for a possible collaboration.
“He had sent me some stuff, music of his and I moved and I could never find that music,” Elliott revealed. “Yesterday, I was sitting there saying, I have to go to my house, in my storage space, and find this music.”
Elliott spoke to the host George Stroumboulopoulos about her high regard for the late icon:
“When he entered the room, he was like a giant. … We really have to start appreciating these artists while they are still here, and not wait until these moments [after they’ve died] to recognize their genius and the greatness of what they’ve done for music.”
In related news, the BET Awards have announced the performers to take the stage for the forthcoming Prince tribute. Sheila E (with whom Prince collaborated with for many years) will play at the event along with Janelle Monáe, The Roots and D’Angelo as featured artists. Additional acts are expected to be revealed in coming weeks.