Queen Latifah & Missy Elliott Sharing the Stage With Michelle Obama At SXSW
"People like Queen Latifah, who is sitting on this stage, his album, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa. These women are the reason that I am a master of ceremonies," Missy Elliott said.
Austin, TX - Queen Latifah was the host of Michelle Obama's keynote presentation at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Wednesday (March 16), according to XXL.
The first Lady of the talk discussed the Let Girls Learn program, the White House #62MillionGirls initiative and the empowerment of women.
Later in the presentation, Missy Elliott discussed some of his influences.
"People like Queen Latifah, who is sitting on this stage, his album, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa. These women are the reason that I'm an MC," Missy Elliott said. "I became an artist because of his music. Queen Latifah taught us 'U-N-I-T-y,' she taught us 'Ladies First.' Your music has done so much for me."
In January, Missy Elliot talked about how Puff Daddy changed the trajectory of his career.
"I wanted to have a label," Missy said at the time. "And only have the artists. And to make the writing and the production. And it occurred to me in the studio one day with Faith Evans. And I was working with it. And it came to me and said 'I money, you still rap?' And I'm like 'Something'...And he said: 'I have this disk that I want to go.' And I was so nervous. Cause I was thinking, Bad Boy was on fire. You have Problem in your list. You Have Total. Faith Evans. Every hot person you never.
"Then, I said," Can you please just let me do it by myself?' Because I've never recorded in front of anyone", he added. "Not even Tim[baland]...He went out like 'Yo money, what the fuck say? Hee-hee-hee-how. What kind of shit is that?' And I didn't know that was going to be the slogan of all time...I don't think the crowd even knows what he did for Hip-Hop. Because he intertwined Hip-Hop and R&B. And he did it so that people would not be intimidated."
In 2013, it was announced that Michelle Obama would be releasing the Let's move album. At the time, is set to feature DMC of Run-DMC and Doug E. Fresh, Travis Barker, Ashanti, Jordin Sparks, and Kidz In The Hall emcee Naledge.