The legendary Missy Eliott recently stopped by Sway’s Universe after winning her very much deserved MTV Vanguard Award at the VMAs earlier this week. During the interview, she spoke about the intricacies that went into making 2001’a Miss E So Addictive, the album that delivered classics like “Gossip Folks” and “Get Ur Freak On.”
Missy admitted Thursday (Aug 29) to “hating” “Gossip Folks” when Timbaland presented it to her. Also, she revealed that “Get Ur Freak On” was the last track that was made accidentally when Timbaland started making the beat with a piano.
Elsewhere in the interview, Missy talked about wanting to re-create an Aaliyah biopic when her family is ready and also creating one for herself. “When they are ready, I’m quite sure that we’ll do that,” she said of the Aaliyah one.
Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B aired on Lifetime in 2014 to negative reviews. The family of the late singer was not involved leaving producers to rely on the biography Aaliyah: More than a Woman by Christopher John Farley. Zendaya was originally cast to play the singer but backed out due to production value and the family’s disapproval of the project. Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, X-Men) took on the role. 3.2 million viewers tuned in, giving the network it’s highest-rated TV film of that year.
She also addressed how important it was for her to win the Vanguard award now because it was just the right time to do so, even though many think the award was long overdue. “Back then they didn’t have the technology that we have now,” she said. “And for the type of performer that I am, I needed that to happen yesterday when you saw that spaceship hovering over the crowd like that and people being sucked into it. I believe it’s God’s time that I’m on.”
There’s no denying how incredible Missy’s talent is. She credits part of her stellar artistry and imagination to being an only child because she felt she always had to create a new world in her mind. “I was the only child so I pretty much created an Alice in Wonderland in my room, and I had a couple of imaginary friends, don’t think I’m crazy because I don’t know where they at now,” she said, adding that, “I didn’t listen to the radio or watch tv at one point in my career and that’s how I was able to become more creative.”
Watch the rest of the interview below.