Missy Elliott Says Getting Her Mom Out Of An Abusive Relationship “Kept Me Going”

Missy Elliott recently reflected on the “strong women” she’s met in the industry and how she was inspired to work as hard as she has to become a legend in a “male-dominated industry.” Responding to a fan’s question on Twitter, earlier this week, Elliott explained that helping out her mother, who was in an abusive relationship at the time, inspired her early in her career.

“I wanna know like what inspired her and what was her drive to remain persistent in a male dominated industry at the time,” a fan of the rapper tweeted. Missy Elliott responded to the post, saying that she knows “many strong women in the industry be4 me that made it through & my mom was in a abusive relationship so I told her I would make it so I could get her out of that situation. [And] I would make sure she’d never have to work again that’s what really kept me going.”

Missy Elliott At The Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 08: Missy Elliott speaks onstage during her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony at Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 08, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Missy Elliott’s recent tweet comes as she continues to work on her music career. Earlier this month, her longtime collaborator, Timbaland, revealed that the two are working on a new album set to arrive this summer. “We’ve got a lot of songs we’re gonna start recording soon, and my dream is to have it out around her birthday in July,” he told Variety. “I want it to sound how she looks — she looks incredible right now. We both look like we 19 again. I know how Missy works: It’s got to be new and fun — or maybe not so much new as kind of underground, and everything is upbeat.”

He further said: “Some of it has a kind of Latin feel to it, almost a Bad Bunny effect, some of it’s kinda like underground Brazilian funk. People gonna eat it up — and it might reach just a different demographic of people. It’s like it’s her doing… not reggaeton but Missy-ton.”

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