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Rising star Lizzo recently collaborated with hip-hop veteran Missy Elliott on a new track called “Tempo”. 

The upbeat track comes from Lizzo’s new upcoming album, Cuz I Love You, which drops on Apr. 19.

Today (Mar. 20), Lizzo shared four photos of herself on Instagram with Missy Elliott and wrote about when she first met the icon.

“There’s a lot of promo sh** the label™️ wanted me to post today but I’d rather share these intimate moments and an even more intimate story. 2 years ago I met my hero. I played her my music, she threw beats at me as I freestyled. It was fun and life changing—10 years ago if you told me I’d rap w/ Missy Elliott, I’d think that was impossible…so we took selfies because I thought I’d never see her again,” Lizzo wrote.

“I never posted these pictures because they were just for me.. a secret I held close to my heart. But also… deep down inside I knew one day we’d have something even more special than a selfie. Today is that day. Missy, you are the inspiration of my entire career. When you dropped music videos (give her the vanguard award  @mtv@vmas !!!!!) 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. Now go fu** it up to the #TEMPO and STREAM OUR SONG!!!! Love You @missymisdemeanorelliott ”

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.