Lizzo is one of the best things to happen to hip-hop in the past few years — a talented vocalist and a hilarious lyricist, unapologetically body-positive and, as her Instagram followers know, deeply committed to playing her flute on-stage whenever possible to great comedic effect.
Most importantly, she makes great songs, and she recruited the artist who’s basically her rap fairy godmother, Missy Elliott, to join her on her new song “Tempo.”
The 30-year-old Minneapolis native — born Melissa Jefferson — is readying her third studio album “Cuz I Love You” for an April 19 release. In a celebratory Instagram post on Wednesday, she shared a selfie with Elliott, writing about how the song’s release was a dream come true.
“Missy, you are the inspiration of my entire career,” she wrote. “When you dropped music videos…or SHUT DOWN award shows I felt SEEN. More importantly I felt REPRESENTED. You made this chubby, weird, black girl believe that ANYTHING was possible. And now we have a BANGER together 😩— till this day you continue to inspire me to make my dreams come true.”
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