Missy Elliott is an icon in every sense of the word and if you listen to her music from the 1990s or watch her music videos, then you’ll clearly see that she’s a creative genius that was ahead of her time.
Lil Wayne cited Missy as his influence when creating songs like “Tha Block Is Hot” in a conversation with DJ Khaled.
“That was my favorite rapper… that would be why I was making so many sounds. Missy was into the whole ‘BRRT’ …So when Mannie Fresh would get you in the studio he would remind you, ‘Hey you need to throw the ‘ha ha’ in there. I was like ‘Man he want me to do a sound for every d*** line.’ And so the ‘Block Burner’ song was my favorite song because my favorite artist was Missy Elliott.”
Although she influenced the likes of Weezy, the songwriter hall of famer revealed that she had some emotional moments behind-the-scenes.
“When i 1st came in the game people laughed at me doing sound effects in my music – I used to cry when they clowned me but then I kept doing wild sounds/crazy adlibs in my songs & people began to rock wit it Years later those same sound effects are big in songs today”
Actress Robin Thede saluted Missy’s vulnerability and the rapper/producer added, “I used to cry at the drop of a dime – I will say the Industry will TOUGHEN you up tho! I was DIFFERENT which some may have deemed my sound & style as weird But I remained TRUE to myself as a artist & Thankfully people gave my FUTURISTIC vibe a chance”