YBN Cordae Teams With Chance The Rapper For "Bad Idea" Video

YBN Cordae has enlisted the help of Chance The Rapper to provide some visuals for their collaborative single “Bad Idea.” The track, which features a sample of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s “Be Real Black For Me,” recently debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show.

“My brother Chance did it — killed the verse, murdered the verse,” Cordae told Lowe. “I really loved the song. It’s one of my favorite songs. We was both in Coachella. He just came up to me, showed love. I just told him he’s one of the people that inspire me. Took each other’s numbers down. I flew to Chicago actually to get the song done.”

He continued, “The opening lines to the song is, ‘I know myself far too well to be a stranger of pain.’ I freestyled that line. That’s like immediately what I thought of when I heard that beat. Meaning like I know what I’ve been through. Everything that I’ve witnessed, everything that I’ve been to act like I don’t know myself. And that’s really essentially what the song is about. It has like good home vibes, good summer vibes, like good nostalgic feeling to it. But like, not in a forceful way, ’cause I feel like now everybody’s bringing back the nostalgic way, but in a force. Like, it’s got to come natural.”

Cordae’s debut album The Lost Boy is expected to drop later this year. Fans can currently catch the Atlantic Records artist on his first headlining tour.

Watch Cordae’s “Bad Idea” video above. Purchase the track here.

Kanye West & Dream Kardashian Pose For The "Best Picture Ever"

Rob Kardashian is easily the quietest all the Kardashians but every now and then he comes through to drop f an appreciation post for his cute daughter, Dream Kardashian. Rob shares two-year-old Dream with his ex Blac Chyna and from what we know, the exes have finally gotten on the same page when it comes to successful co-parenting. 

“Angela and I are both actively co-parenting and there are no pending or active custody cases,” Rob previously shared on Twitter, with Blac adding, “Robert and I only concern is what’s in the best interest our daughter that we both equally love. Additionally, Robert is a wonderful father to our Dreamy!”

The latest share had by Rob sees Dream posted up with her uncle-in-law, Kanye West. Dream is rocking an adorable little grin while Kanye smiles and embraces his niece. “Best picture ever,” Rob captioned the image.

Rob has more presence in this season  Keeping Up With The Kardashians, something Kim has previously talked about. “He is gonna be on] a little bit more in the next season,” Kim said, explaining his previous absence. “He has his moods. Sometimes he’s like, ‘Look, I didn’t sign up for this’ and then he’s like ‘I’m cool to do it, so.”

Kawhi Leonard Blesses Raptors Fan With Signature Meme Laugh: Watch

Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors are currently in the midst celebrating their first ever NBA Title with the team’s championship parade in downtown Toronto. Fans across the city are incredibly excited about the team’s accomplishments and Leonard is the perfect example how good this team was. While many expected Kawhi to scf at playing in Toronto, he ended up making the most out his situation and now, he’s a two-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP.

Before Kawhi even stepped foot on the court, he became a Raptors meme thanks to his bizarre laugh that led to a ton ridicule and some pretty funny edits. Over the course the season, Leonard has embraced the memes that surround him which is evident based on his collection with New Balance.

Today, while giving his speech at the parade, Leonard thanked the fans in the city before breaking out the signature laugh in a moment that will forever live in Raptors lore. As you would imagine, his teammates were laughing hysterically almost as if they didn’t believe he would do it.

Tory Lanez Denies Colorism Publicity Stunt After Model Accuses Him Of Staging Video

Tory Lanez is defending himself after being accused of staging a video in which he took a stand against colorism. The outspoken artist has denied participating in a publicity stunt in response to allegations made by the model in the footage.

“this is the one and only time ima address this,” Lanez wrote on Instagram. “i went out of my way to bring awareness to an important topic of discussion that never gets addressed. the internet has a funny way of tryna take the light off of truthful shit . IF this was a publicity stunt, why would i be doing it for someone elses music video? why wouldnt i have paid the females involved? And if I did pick both girls then how come there’s only shots of me with the ebony model and not the other one ?”

He continued, “Mind y’all this video shoot happened 3 months ago and a behind the scenes camera man DM’d it to me the other day.. All parties that were involved know exactly what happened in the 30 minutes that I was at the shoot . Whether or not they wanna be truth or not . Much love .”

Tory Lanez Denies Colorism Publicity Stunt After Model Accuses Him Of Staging Video

In the video, Lanez stops a darker skinned model from being switched for one with lighter skin. His statement was issued Monday (June 17) after the model in the clip, who goes by @sultryshen on Instagram, claimed he was lying.

“Tory asked for both me and the girl to do solo shots,” she said, according to The Shade Room. “When it was her turn he said cut the video to make it appear as if it had something to do with race. I know the directors very well and they made me the lead girl in that video and many others.”

She added, “He actually never talked to me on that set and kept telling her how beautiful she was.”

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TSR Staff: Thembi! @ThembiTV_ _____________________________________ Earlier today we posted a video of #ToryLanez celebrating black women of all shades. In his post he spoke about how colorism continues to happen in the music industry, and that he had to stop his director from being a colorist. ____________________________________ Tory has since gained a lot of applause and appreciation for his said actions. On the other hand, the model Tory claims to defend claims that things did not go down the way he explained. ____________________________________ According to the model, “Tory asked for both me and the girl to do solo shots. When it was her turn he said cut the video to make it appear as if it had something to do with race.” She adds, “I know the directors very well and they made me the lead girl in that video and many others.” _____________________________________ As for the colorism claims, sis claims that “He actually never talked to me on that set and kept telling her how beautiful she was.” This comes on the heels of Tory being dragged for jokingly trying to ‘trade’ #AyeshaCurry for a Caucasian girl with a mean twerk! _____________________________________ We’re here for #Tory standing up for what is right, however, sis alleges that it didn’t quite go down like that. Thoughts, #Roommates?

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However, Mia Rothwell — the other model in the video — has publicly backed Lanez’s version of the events. In a lengthy Instagram post, she refutes any notion it was staged.

“I’m not sure where people are going saying it was staged because it wasn’t,” she wrote. “They are talking the most amount of shit.”

Check out her entire explanation below.

Pelicans "Monitoring Potential Trade" For Bradley Beal: Report

The New Orleans Pelicans might not be done making moves ahead Thursday’s NBA Draft.

After acquiring Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and multiple first-round draft selections from the Lakers, Pelicans GM David Griffin is reportedly looking to package the fourth overall pick in the June 20 Draft for an All-Star caliber player.

According to Shams Charania, “Griffin has been open to moving the No. 4 overall pick, and one player league executives believe the Pelicans are monitoring in a potential trade is Washington Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal.” That said, the Wizards are reportedly hoping to build around Beal, who they selected third overall out Florida in the 2012 NBA Draft

Beal, 25, averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game last season to go along with 5.5 assists and 5 rebounds, while earning All Star honors and playing in all 82 games for the second straight season. 

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Washington Wizards are gearing up to fer Toronto Raptors president basketball operations Masai Ujiri a deal that could approach $10 million annually and deliver him the opportunity for ownership equity. That said, interim president Tommy Sheppard is expected to conduct the draft later this week.

Tory Lanez Slams Claims He Staged Colorism Incident During Video Shoot

Tory Lanez took to Instagram recently where he called out the issue colorism in hip-hop after an alleged incident happened on set the video Nafe Smallz “Good Love.” In the clip he posted, he called for a time out in the middle  shooting when the director allegedly tried to swap out a brown-skinned model for a light skin model. Colorism has been an issue in hip-hop but as it turns out, that may have not been the case on set. The model who was swapped, Sultry Shen, called out Tory, claiming the whole thing was staged. The other model, Alisia Dixon, also said that Tory staged the scenario but now, Tory is refuting those claims.

Tory seems to be doubling down on the alleged incident, even with people doubting him. The rapper issued a statement on his Instagram Story and denied that it was a publicity stunt, although he admitted that he “went out my way” to address the topic. 

“The internet has a funny way tryna make the light f truthful shit. If this was a publicity stunt, why would I be doing it for someone else’s music video,” he said. “Mind y’all this video shoot happened 3 months ago and a behind the scenes camera man DM’s it to me the other day,” he continued. “All parties that were involved know exactly what happened in the 30 minutes that I was at the shoot. Whether or not they wanna be truthful.” 

XXXTENTACION Affiliate Reportedly Shot In The Head

Pompano Beach, FL – An affiliate of slain rapper XXXTENTACION was reportedly shot in the head in Florida over the weekend but expected to survive.

According to several tweets from WPLG Local 10 reporter Madeleine Wright, the shooting took place in Pompano Beach, Florida outside of a local convenience store. Family later named the victim as 16-year-old aspiring rapper C Glizzy (real name Christian Moore).

“Family members identify the teenager shot in the head in Pompano Beach yesterday as Christian Moore, an up-and-coming rapper known as CGlizzy,” Wright tweeted on Sunday (June 16). “He underwent surgery for his injuries at Broward Health North.

While at Broward Health North, Moore’s mother said doctors removed a bullet from her son’s head. Although he’s heavily sedated and currently unable to speak, his mother believes he’ll make a full recovery.

“Doctors removed a bullet from the head of 16-year-old rapper CGlizzy during surgery at Broward Health North, according to his mother,” Wright said in another tweet. “@browardsheriff is searching for the assailant. CGlizzy was friends with XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot during an armed robbery last year.”

Gun violence is far too common these days. X was shot and killed in June 2018 as he was leaving RIVA Motorsports in what police believe was a botched robbery.

It’s unclear what the motives behind Moore’s shooting are. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating.

LaVar Ball Tells Stephen A. Smith He Wanted Lonzo Traded All Along

LaVar Ball has been one the most colorful characters in the NBA over the last few years and he doesn’t even play in the league. His son Lonzo, was recently traded from the Los Angeles Lakers in a megadeal that took Anthony Davis out New Orleans. When trade talks first happened, LaVar claimed that he didn’t want Lonzo to go to New Orleans and that the Lakers would never trade his son. Well, that turned out to be incredibly false so now, the Ball family patriarch is walking back his comments and trying to claim he was engaging in some reverse psychology.

LaVar appeared next to Stephen A. Smith on First Take this morning and said he wanted Lonzo to be traded to the Pelicans all along. Of course, Smith was perplexed by this admission and told Ball to stop lying.

It’s clear that LaVar is incapable being wrong and had to try and convince people that he was right this whole time. Only LaVar knows if he’s lying or not but based on the way he has acted over the years, it’s safe to say he’s just being a showman for the cameras. It’s pretty convenient to say how much you love New Orleans now that your son has been traded there.

Ball also talked about how good the Pelicans will be this season with his son there, especially once Zion Williamson gets drafted with the first overall pick in this year’s draft.

We’ll see what LaVar has to say after 82 games next season when the true potential the Pelicans will be revealed.

Prism Battle League: The World’s First LGBTQ Battle Rap League

Despite the societal change towards progressive thought when it comes to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender+ communities, Hip Hop remains one the toughest industries to break into as an LGBTQ+ artist. While the presence LGBTQ+ musicians like Taylor Bennett and Frank Ocean has aided in encouraging progress, a gatekeeper-like barrier still persists. For as long as it existed, the Hip Hop industry has been known to only make space for the heterosexual male and even more recently, female. As such, it is only through the arrival and efforts  individuals who dared to challenge the established narrative, that we are seeing such an effective change today. While efforts to create space for LGBTQ+ communities continues to be a challenging task, Bronx battle rapper Sara Kana is doing her part by launching the Hip-Hop centered LGBTQ+ platform Prism Battle League

Prism is a battle rap league which mainly caters to emcees from the LGBTQ+ community. The New York-based initiative was uprooted by its creator, Sara Kana also known as “The God Mother” who made the announcement a video-blog on her Youtube page back in 2016. The movement ficially made its historic debut on January 9th, 2016 and has since successfully served as a platform which empowers the voices  the otherwise underrepresented and silenced communities. The organization operates with strong consideration the LGBTQ+ movement, hence numerous battles coincide with related events, including Pride Week. 

While other rap battle leagues such as Queen the Ring previously created space for members the LGBTQ+ community by having several openly gay lesbian battlers, Prism sets itself apart by solely dedicating their platform to LGBTQ+ folks. In all, the concept is refreshing and incredibly important to the culture. And since it’s debut in 2016, the platform has accumulated a notable roster talented individuals with a unique contribution to the art battle rap. 

Below, we’ll break down the Prism battle rap artists you can expect to see this year.

Ty White

Ty White has earned the alias Mr. Limelight for a reason. The emcee holds a consistent streak at Prism. His slick bars slowly but surely destroy his opponents’ ego while feeding his own confidence. Ty’s glistening flow allows him to move through the room as he delivers his bars. It is not uncommon for him to leave his opponents shook, his lyrical output conveys back-to-back attacks which double up and nail his opponents. And just when things settle down, the rapper quickly delivers an unexpected heavy-hitter from under his sleeve that unravels his opponent along with the applauding screams the audience. 

Key bar: “Knee to the face, we pop up, causing breakouts, speak to me clean and clear in this race cause this pro active and coming for whiteheads, something you gotta face.”

40 B.A.R.R.S

Rap battler 40 B.A.R.R.S has a stronghold on the game and remains indubitably one the battle rap’s queens. Hailing all the way from Boston, 40 B.A.A.R.S not only accounts for her opponent’s lyrical abilities in her responses but also targets their personal characters by way potent bars. That is, bars which riddle the emcee’s opponents with overwhelming self-doubt they likely dwell on the very same night. Moreover, 40 ensures to defend herself from her opponents’ attacks by detailing facts from the rumors about her. Though, do not let her personal introspection have you believing the next few bars won’t be right back to come for your neck.

Key bar:“Hit your head it’s like a tumor in your melon, bullets will spread even faster than them rumors you be telling.”


Couture is a seriously talented and strategic battle rapper. She targets her nemesis at the core, as her bars hit the guts and leave a lyrical mess. The Rhode Island-bred rapper’s lyrics are ingenious, intricate and particularly catered to attack her opponent’s weaknesses, whatever they might be– from their looks to their socioeconomic status. Couture will manage to breed insecurities surrounding her opponent’s appearance, only to return with a streak threats that’ll leave them her foe shaking. The female emcee’s content includes creative and clever schemes that do not plan on beating around the bush anytime soon. Her rounds are structured, eloquent and delivered with a noticeable composure which affirms Couture’s status as a silent killer. 

Key bar: “He said I got 40 for you, I said thousand? He said no, 40 B.A.R.R.S, I said oh, the ghetto b*tch that lives in housing.”

Melato Black

Melato Black’s powers can be found in her pen. The rapper’s lyrical subject matter hints at the Jersey rapper’s high intellect and the latter consistently shows through her sharp-edged delivery. The emcee’s charisma and composure sustain the intensity her blows throughout the battle. Furthermore, the steady use precise wording and complex wordplay reveals Melato’s ability to crush those who dare stand before her. 

Key bar:“So my objective, balm her, I’m on her, you get a sleeping bag if it gets intense, sticks smoking at the top, is it making sense (incense)?”


This battle rapper knows how to put on a show all while delivering some tough lyrical blows. In his clear objective to destroy his opponent’s self-esteem, Kazzy keeps it light and comical which further emphasizes his reign as one  Prism‘s best battle league rappers. With ease, the emcee continues to wow through each round by maintaining a succinct delivery and untouchable sequence. 

Key bar:“Well, they set you up cause they made you the pilot and they knew as I blew up, you would die, that’s a kamikaze. I’m still giving you shots behind each bar, those are kamikaze. And if I get upset, there’s no way you can calm a Kazzy.”


DC reppin’ emcee Jericho’s lines are brutally honest and slightly disrespectful. And in battle, opponents easily find themselves crushed under the palms Jericho’s heavy lyrical weight. To note, despite his status as a newcomer on the battle rap scene, the artist continues to go hard and bring the heat to each round. When he steps away from bouncing rhymes f his opponent’s head, as usual, he flaunts unmovable confidence displayed through his witty and paced output.

Key bar: “B*tch I’m a shapeshifter, y’all know I’m a pharmacy technician, well yeah I’m about to change my pression to a gravedigger, and that’s a plot that J Munn in and y’all Swisher & Cheshire]  bout to lie in with him. Y’all probably hit the same tune like y’all riding with him and word advice to anybody vibing with em, y’all can all get killed kilt] like Scottish women.”


Staten Island’s Swisher distinguishes himself with his intimidating demeanor. Moreover, the rapper’s disrespectful haymakers regularly leave his opponents flushed, embarrassed. The nonchalant rapper knows how to hit his opponents with the right words– the kind that will slowly build up and destroy their confidence. Swisher’s fearlessness is backed up by plenty heavy bars which he fires one after the other with an incredibly unique delivery that sets the emcee apart from other battle rappers. Evidently, the runner up has earned the title battle rap OG at Prism for a reason. His rhythm and style is one which attracts opponents to try and take on the dire task  challenging him on the battleground.

Key bar:“I done told y’all I am not the one, two, three or four, but I am the one to let f three from the fours.”


Kansas City’s Cheshire is indubitably the king smooth and nonchalant wordplay. As far as lyrics go, the rapper makes use everything from cultural references to his opponent’s physical appearance, to destroy whatever shred confidence they previously had. The rapper is calm and composed throughout each round, fering fewer gestures than most battle rappers. Yet the latter is understandable considering there is not much noise or extravagance needed when your bars carry such thunder.

Key bar: “I have you singing Star since you think you a pop b*tch, pop b*tch, or you can get them bald heads like Britney, or you can die over the lines like Whitney.”

J Munn 

Ohio-bred battle rapper J Munn’s delivery remains a comical spectacle as the battle rapper thoroughly gets into his bars. However, don’t let his performance distract you from taking in the heat he spits. Straight fire comes out J Munn’s mouth and easily sets his opponent ablaze. The wit J Munn’s lyrical content takes serious jabs at his rival’s core. Each bar is glazed with a touch disrespectfulness and humor that leaves J Munn’s opponents both flustered and uncomfortable. The artist engagingly taps into the art battle rap by keeping all eyes on him every time he leans into a round. When J Munn aims, he shoots to kill.

Key bar:“You ain’t a no f*cking thug, I take your diamonds, stripped a bitch like player’s club.”

Ryan Eastlake

Carrying the alias  The King the Lightskins, Ryan Eastlake never fails to fer both tea-spilling bars and surprises that leave his opponents shook. The battle rapper’s delivery reeks cockiness which indubitably remains well-learned once he opens his mouth and sets his nemesis on fire. The emcee is at ease with wordplay. Indeed, Ryan Eastlake remains one  Prism’s strongest battle rappers who continues to wow.

Key bar: “I came to bury you in Prism like King Tut.”

KXNG Crooked & Adam22 Discuss J. Cole’s Evolution On "Crook’s Corner"

KXNG Crooked a.k.a. Crooked I sits down with No Jumper podcast host Adam “Adam22” Grandmaison in the latest edition of HipHopDX’s series Crook’s Corner.

In episode four, Crook asks Adam about the podcaster’s past issues with J. Cole and examines the Dreamville founder’s evolution. The two also discuss the state of SoundCloud rap, the impact of Adam’s XXXTENTACION interview, DJ Khaled’s current beef with Tyler, The Creator over the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and much more.

Watch the new episode of Crook’s Corner above. Also, make sure to check out the past editions featuring Daylyt, Tech N9ne and Royce Da 5’9.

"Men In Black: International" Rules Overseas Market With $74 Million Dollar Box Office

Earlier today, we reported on Men In Black: International doing fairly well in the US box fice. Accordingly, our reports indicated a promising debut for the newest installment to the franchise and a total $28.5 million dollars in weekend box fice sales. The aforementioned number was very close to the expectations, though below what projections hoped for. And now, the international box fice numbers are in and Variety reports are indicating further success for the Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth-helmed movie. Accordingly, the movie has been ranked number one overseas with a smashing $74 million dollars in the international box fice. The number stems from 56 different foreign territories and also considers its slightly disappointing $28 million dollars start from its North American leg.  

To note, the largest chapter the comedic science fiction franchise saw a striking $102.2 million dollar debut back when Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones featured in the movie. Yet, considering the lack the famed actor in the newest film, the return on prit is considerably impressive. Despite claims franchise fatigue, the movie is doing much better than X-Men’s latest addition, Dark Phoenix, which is still continuing to take on major losses with a significant drop in sales since its debut the previous Friday. 


Is Drake Dissing Pusha-T on ‘Omertà’?

Is Drake reigniting his beef with Pusha-T?

Last night, Drake celebrated the Toronto Raptors first-ever NBA championship by dropping his “Best in the World Pack” featuring two new tracks, “Omertà” and “Money in the Grave” featuring Rick Ross.

One song in particular, “Omertà,” has some fans convinced that Drake is taking aim at his rival Pusha-T with his thinly-veiled lyrics. “Last year ni**as really feel like they rode on me,” he raps. “Last year, ni**as got hot ’cause they told on me / I’m about to call the bluff of anybody that fold on me.”

The line is seemingly a reference to Pusha’s scathing diss “The Story of Adidon,” on which the G.O.O.D. Music president revealed for the first time that Drake fathered a secret son. “You are hiding a child, let that boy come home / Deadbeat motherfu**er playing border patrol,” rapped Push on the track, which was released one year ago. “Adonis is your son and he deserves more than an adidas press run.”

Drake did not respond to Pusha’s diss, but would later confirm that he fathered a son on “March 14” off his album Scorpion.

Their beef seemed to settle down, but in January, Pusha posted a cryptic tweet that made it seem like the feud was not over. “You tried, you failed…I’m hearing you wanna try again, this time I’m not gonna play with you, any of you,” he tweeted.

After “Omertà” was released, fans took to social media to weigh in on the lyrics. See some of the reactions below.

A$AP Ferg Announces Official Release Of His Bike With A Short Video

At the end last month we reported that A$AP Ferg had announced a collaboration with celebrated BMX bike brand, Redline Bikes, which would include an exclusive limited edition bike along with a line original merch. And last night, Ferg took to Instagram to share the news with his followers – along with a short but powerful commercial video featuring Ferg riding through the streets with his mob – that the bike had ficially dropped, and is now available on redlinebicycles.com, as well as on stadiumgoods.com

A$AP Ferg has been a longtime supporter the brand, as his first bike was a Redline. The rapper featured Redline bikes in countless his videos, most notably his music video for his hit “Plain Jane.” “When you think BMX bike in Harlem, you think Redline,” said Ferg, the collaboration. “This collaboration is something I was really involved in and passionate about.”

The new bike’s design aspects, according to Redline, include slack forks, plus-sized tires, 27.5 wheels and disc brakes. Additionally, the bike features style accents like A$AP Ferg x Redline branding as well as a unique Pantone 394 (a bright canary yellow) gloss and matte black details. The RL 275 A$AP Ferg x Redline bike is priced at $799 and is now available online. Redline is hoping that an “organic collaboration” such as this one, will “help propel their] growth and expand brand awareness to a new generation and customer.”

Drake’s Show "Euphoria" Sparks Controversy For Episode Containing Nearly 30 Penises

After the success Game Of Thrones, HBO is looking for their next big goldmine. The network has an amazing track record for creating some the most buzzworthy television shows and their next series has all the makings something that will stick with audiences. The creator Euphoria recently told The Hollywood Reporter that it might be the most graphic depiction teen life to ever air on the small screen and if this is anything to work f , we can most certainly confirm. 

The new series, which stars Zendaya and was produced by Drake, is set to premiere on June 16 and we’ll be able to witness just how bold the production truly is then. However, we’ve got a pretty good idea what’s to come after a report was published that one episode contains nearly thirty penises in it. The pilot episode alone is set to shock audiences with scenes statutory rape, a drug overdose by Zendaya’s character and a sex scene involving choking. 

Drake's Show "Euphoria" Sparks Controversy For Episode Containing Nearly 30 Penises
Gary Miller/Getty s — Zendaya attends the premiere HBO’s Euphoria during the ATX Television Festival at the Paramount Theatre on May 6, 2019 in Austin, Texas

The show is reportedly so graphic that they had to cut down the nudity in the second episode, which featured a locker room full high school boys changing. Apparently, the original shot contained upwards eighty men wearing nothing at all but the network voiced concerns over it, accepting a slimmed down version the extreme content.

Will you be tuning into Euphoria?

Missy Elliott Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Missy Elliott made history as the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

It was a star-studded salute as Queen Latifah honored the rap pioneer during the 50th Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday night (June 13), while Michelle Obama sent in a congratulatory message.

“Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways,” said the former First Lady in a pre-taped video. “Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world, but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard.”

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Make sure yall SWIPE LEFT because last night my heart was full❤️ @Queenlatifah one of my besties your a Queen i love you & @lizzobeeating @sosobrat my sisters i Love yall & yall MERKED IT!!! Well @MichelleObama you are Everything I LOVE YOU! You are AMAZING & FIERCE most def give at da cookout electric sliding tease😂I am humbly grateful for your kind words🙏🏾 and to the committee of Songwriters Hall of Fame i Thank you all for voting for me i am SPEECHLESS 20 some years of writing for myself and others is worth it🙏🏾 Thankful to smell my flowers while i’m here 🌹🌷💐🥀🌸🌼and the other WONDERFUL songwriters who were inducted🙌🏾 Congratulations 🎊🎉

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A grateful Missy was overcome with emotion as she took the stage. “Every time I come up to a podium … even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here,” she said during her 10-minute acceptance speech. “I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers, ‘Do not give up.’ We all go through writer’s block. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don’t give up because I’m standing here. And this is big for hip-hop, too.”

Lizzo, who collaborated with Missy on “Tempo,” paid tribute to the rap icon by performing her 1997 classic “Sock It 2 Me.” Wearing an outfit reminiscent of what Missy wore in the late ’90s, including the finger wave hairdo, Lizzo paid homage to her idol and brought out Da Brat for her original guest verse.

“Missy, I wanna thank you so much for inspiring young black girls like me to chase their dreams,” she said. “I love you so much. I wouldn’t be here without you.”

Missy is the third rapper to enter the Songwriters Hall of Fame, following JAY-Z in 2017 and Jermaine Dupri in 2018. In addition to penning hits like “Lose Control,” “Get Ur Freak On,” and “Work It,” she has written for some of music’s biggest names including Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson.

Taking to Instagram after the induction ceremony, Missy reflected on the milestone moment. “I am SPEECHLESS 20 some years of writing for myself and others is worth it,” she said. “Thankful to smell my flowers while i’m here.”