Fast-Rising Newcomer Lizzo & Missy Elliott Unite for "Tempo" Single

From the Midwest artist’s debut album ‘Cuz I Love You.’

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With her debut studio album Cuz I Love You on the way, rising Midwest artist Lizzo links up with her legendary labelmate Missy Elliott for a new single titled “Tempo.”

“All the fly girls head to the dance floor / Kitty cat, kitty cat, prrr / All the thick girls down on the flrrr (On the floor) / Ice on my neck like brrr (Like brrr) / I’m big-boned with nice curves (Nice curves),” Missy Elliott energetically raps. “Look at me, I know I look grrrd (Good) / Look good, look good, look grrrd (Look good) / I’ma show y’all chicks how to drrr it / Your n***a, he wish he could / Thick girl (Thick girl), split (Split) / Get a bag (Get a bag), get rich (Get rich) / Hair done (Hair done), fixed (Fixed) / If you see a hater, tell him quit (Stop) / Get your own dough (Own dough) / Get your bread, own dough (Own dough) / Go on, ladies, head to the floor (Floor) / F*ck up the tempo, thick girls get low (Woo).”

“There’s a lot of promo shit the label wanted me to post today but I’d rather share these intimate moments and an even more intimate story,” Lizzo shared on Instagram earlier today, opening up about how much “Tempo” means to her. “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. 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 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.”

You can stream Lizzo and Missy Elliott’s new collaborative single “Tempo” above, while Cuz I Love You is scheduled to see release on April 19.

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