Missy Elliott recently became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and she’s now celebrating the accolade with her fans, friends and fellow artists.
On Wednesday (May 3), the Supa Dupa Fly rapper took to social media to express excitement about the prestigious honor. In her Instagram post, Missy noted how this moment was not only “huge” for her but for all her “sisters in Hip Hop.”
“I want to say this is HUGE not for just me but all my Sisters in HIPHOP this door is now OPEN to showcase the hard work that many of us WOMEN contribute to MUSIC,” she wrote in the post. “I have cried all day because I am GRATEFUL thank you @rockhall & all on the committee & Supafriends.”
Other 2023 inductees include DJ Kool Herc, Chaka Khan, TV host Don Cornelius, and more, all of whom she thanked for their “hard work and impact on music.”
In a separate tweet, Missy Elliott thanked God for her recent induction and stated that her decades of diligent work speaks for itself despite her feeling a bit “down” and after seeing trolls online refer to her as “washed up.”
“It’s times I have gotten on line & seen your irrelevant your a flop your washed up & it would crush me at times. BUT God you made me STRONG I kept going & you allowed my decades of WORK to SPEAK 4 itself. I am HUMBLED thank you all my Supporters. I LOVE YOU,” she wrote.
This wasn’t the first time Missy Elliott expressed her impact on Hip Hop. Last month, Missy Elliott acknowledged via Instagram post that while she initially got flak for her Barbie-inspired video for “Beep Me 911”, she now realizes she was “years ahead of the game.”
In early April, the Barbie movie was given a brand-new trailer ahead of its upcoming release date. Unlike some who were tizzing with excitement, Missy had a more complicated reaction.”
The Virginia rapper took to Instagram to explain the backlash she received for her “Beep Me 911” video, taken from her 1997 debut album, Supa Dupa Fly.
“They say a Barbie movie coming out well Let me bring this back 1 time!” she began her caption. “BeepMe911. This 26 YEARS AGO with 702! Back then some folks clowned me @timbaland & Magoo for doing a Barbie style video with our arms painted like joints and tim and magoo Ken hair styles. I remember crying but I realized I was just years ahead of the game #757 VA,” she wrote.