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Lizzo and Missy Elliott Are the Duo the World Needs on "Tempo"

The two rappers are bringing some major energy for the long-awaited collaboration from Lizzo's upcoming album 'Cuz I Love You.'

by Kristin Corry
21 March 2019, 9:18am

Lizzo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spotify, Missy Elliott: Erika Goldring/Getty Images

"I been waiting for this one," Missy Elliott screams at the beginning of "Tempo," Lizzo's new single from her upcoming album Cuz I Love You and to be real, we have too. The energetic collaboration comes ahead of Cuz I Love You's 19 April release date. "Slow songs, they for skinny hoes / Can't move all of this here to one of those," she raps on the song's frenzied hook. Halfway through the record Elliott enters the track purring through her verse in a way that makes Cardi B's "okurr" seem tame.

Last month in a Beats 1 interview with Travis Mills, Lizzo shared her vision for her upcoming album ("What if Aretha Franklin made a rap album in 2019?") and how she got Elliott on "Tempo." The rapper met Elliott before Cuz I Love You materialised, in what she considers to be her "trap phase," but it wasn't until she created "Tempo" that she reached out to her idol. "This new one I heard it and I was like this is so obviously Missy," Lizzo told Mills. According to Lizzo, it took two months for Elliott to return the track with a verse and the Virginia native did it in an unconventional way. "She sent me a memoji of herself singing her verse." If Missy Elliott wasn't already the coolest person on Earth, she definitely just got a lot cooler.

Kristin Corry is a staff writer for Noisey. Follow her on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on Noisey US.