Missy Elliott Wasn’t Aware She Influenced Nicki Minaj


“Breaking news, there is only one Missy.”

After a 10-year hiatus from releasing new solo material, Elliott re-emerged with her new single “WTF (Where They From).” She’s only appeared in a handful of interviews, including her recent phone call with i-D magazine where she credits Katy Perry and Pharrell for jumpstarting her return.

Though Elliott admits she’s shy, she stepped up her promo game with an in-person interview with Billboard, discussing her upbringing, the culture change in music, touring and a few famous “friends.”

Billboard mentions Nicki Minaj is clearly influenced by Elliott.

“Oh, she is? Unfortunately, breaking news, there is only one Missy.”

Missy also mentions she’d love to tour with Beyonce. “I’ve done mad shows, but my last amazing tour was me, Beyoncé and Alicia [Keys, in 2004]. I’d love to do one with B,” she says.

She hopes the album will drop next year. “I want to say 2016 but I don’t want to give a time. Nowadays you say a time, they’ll stone you.”

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