Missy Elliott Claims Diddy Impacted Hip-Hop by Meshing it With R&B
Missy Elliott's style and career has put her in rare space in the hip-hop world as she is widely regarded as one of the more influential artists to break into the game. During an interview on Pharrell's "OTHERtone" show on Beats 1 Radio, the Virginia native gave props to another groundbreaking artist when she complimented Diddy for his impact on the game.
"I don't think Puffy knows what he did for hip-hop. Because he intertwined hip-hop and R&B so that people weren't intimidated," she said. "Even if you had a Biggie that was giving street lyrics and coming from a world that people may not know of, Puffy would get a 112 to sing on a hook so you didn't feel intimidated or offended. It felt good, Biggie was still real to himself but the music was there...I don't even think [Diddy] understands the magnitude of what he did."
Elliott also relayed a studio session where she met the Harlem entrepreneur and he convinced her to stick with making music instead of owning and operating her own label. Check out the full interview here and a clip above.
In December, Missy was given the Innovator Award at Billboard's Women in Music Event and gave an emotional speech where she thanked her family and recounted how much it took for her to make it in the music industry as a woman. The Grammy winner returned in 2015 after a decade-long hiatus and had one of the biggest singles of the year with "WTF." There are rumors that she will drop a new album this year.
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