Thursday, June 19, 2008

Check out Missy Elliott in Venus Zine

Keri Hilson isn't the only one promoting a new project, Missy Elliott has her own album to promote. She's graced the cover of Venus Zine and give a little sneak peek into her idols, the making of Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go", and her current relationship with Timbo:

What do you look for in people whom you collaborate with?

If you want to be creative, original, or different, then do that. People want to hear something fresh, something new, and you can't be scared. You have to take that risk. I'd rather do it than somebody else do it and then I kick myself in the ass for not doing it. Sometimes I go on YouTube and just look to see if there's anything up there.

Hopefully I'll get to work with Amy [Winehouse). I had a chance to meet Amy when she wasn't even out in the States. I don't even think she had a deal yet. She performed overseas, and I was like, "Who is this girl?" And me and Tim[baland) went up to her and told her, "Yo, you hot." Immediately when I saw her, I was like, "She gon'blow." It was something different. Something refreshing. So it didn't surprise me that she's as big as she is.

She wasn't giving you flash or a sequins gown or nothing. She was just giving you raw and uncut - "Yo, take me as I am. I just came from the crib. Somebody just called me up to come sing." And her content, even though it was far out, there was so many people that could relate to what she was singing because it was just raw - it was coming from a real place and her vocals were out of control. It was a rock feel, but she had a southern twang to it. She stood out. And it wasn't because she had on some name brand ho outfit that had a bunch of gleaming diamonds on it. It was just her. That was the thing that made me and Tim be like, "She's dope, and she can sing, and she's giving you raw, uncut lyrics."

How did your collaboration with Keyshia Cole for "Let It Go" come about?

I had given that record actually to Fantasia. But the label had too many songs, so they didn't take it. I had the beat, and when I was in the studio with Keyshia, I went to play that one, but then I said, "I don't know, the label might take it." But as soon as Keyshia heard it, she was like, "That's mine." I'm coming in to record it tomorrow, and I'm going to write the song right now." So I called Fantasia's label and told them I'm going to give the record to Keyshia, and then I told Keyshia, "Let's put Kim on it," because we hadn't had a record since "Ladies Night" with all females on the track.

Has there been pressure from other people for you to lose weight?

There's never been pressure from my fans or even my label to ever lose weight. So I never felt like because someone said I needed to lose weight, or because this is the "Look" right now, that I need to lose weight. The reason I lost weight is because I have high blood pressure. I take two blood pressure pills a day. And my doctor told me, "If you want to be around, you're going to have to lose weight." So that was my focus.

But once you lose it, you also feel good. You not tired. I can walk up the steps and not feel like I'm gonna fall down 30 steps. And you do feel good when you can fit into those jeans you haven't worn since junior high school. Sometimes we make excuses and say we're fine with our weight, but that's because we don't want to get out there, go to the gym, and work it off. But if people could come down pounds, they would.
If there's any time that my weight was an issue, it may have been high school- dealing with those type of kids - but I still could move, I still could dance, I still wore the clothes I liked to wear, so by the time I became an artist I had become comfortable. I had been joked by my cousins all my Life, so I was prepared. Friends and family used to joke, and sometimes it would be a fat joke, and I'd be like, "OK, cool."

How do you and Timbaland work so well together?

I just talked to Tim the day before yesterday. We've known each other 17 years, so we handle each other like family. We get on each other's nerves, and we love each other to death. In the studio, there are times when he might feel strongly about a record, and he’ll be like, "Are you crazy? This joint gon' be the record." And then I may be like, "This gon' be the record," and he may be like, "It's all right, but I like this one better." So we love to go back and forth, but we still respect each other's opinion, because I think he's a great talent, and I know he feels the same about me. I believe if he's feeling a track, he's got a great ear for it. And I think he looks at me like, "She's not just listening to the record. She's thinking about her video, too, so I'ma ride with her on this one."


  1. man it would be so cool to chill wit her and tim in the studio!!! i <3 missy!

  2. I fucking love this girl! Fantastic interview! Bring on the new LP!

  3. I can't wait until I get down with MMG. Just like aayize, I think it would be supercool to chill with them!

    Waiting for the LP.

  4. I can't wait until I get down with MMG. Just like aayize, I think it would be supercool to chill with them!

    Waiting for the LP.

  5. @venture bro
    seriously now, what's the thing behind your "I can't wait until I get down with MMG" all the time?? I don't really get it...

  6. Omarion is now on MMG?

    Former B2K singer Omarion has signed on the dotted line with mega producer Timbaland's label Mosley Music Group/Interscope Records.

    Timbaland has signed on to produce the majority of Omarion's 3rd solo album, which is scheduled for release by the end of the year and will feature a collaboration with Justin Timberlake as well as Keri Hilson.

    "I'm really excited about this project. Timbaland is like family to me, so it's always great to work with family and I think this is going to be my best album yet. I'm happy to call Mosley Music Group my new home."

  7. Wow his album if true will be fire him dancing on actual timbo beats not Royal Court even though they will probably be included on the album.

  8. omfg!!!
    say it isnt so!!!
    what has the world gotten to?????
    a whole omarion album over tims beats????

  9. I'll take tim beats however i can get em.


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