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Lizzo teams up with Missy Elliott for new banger "Tempo"

20 March 2019, 16:43 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Lizzo has finally shared her highly-anticipated collaboration with the legendary Missy Elliott, "Tempo".

After teasing the new single on socials yesterday (19 March), Lizzo has revealed the single as the third to be lifted from Lizzo's forthcoming Cuz I Love You album.

The new single sees Lizzo and Missy Elliott unite over a banging trap beat, and further projects Lizzo's dynamic musicianship, after sharing powerful "Cuz I Love You", and the funky "Juice".

Taking to Instagram to announce the new single, Lizzo wrote, "Two 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."

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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. 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 (give her the vanguard award @mtv @vmas !!!!!) 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. Now go fuck it up to the #TEMPO and STREAM OUR SONG!!!! Love You @missymisdemeanorelliott

A post shared by Lizzo (@lizzobeeating) on Mar 20, 2019 at 9:20am PDT

"Tempo" is out now. Cuz I Love You lands 19 April. Lizzo plays London's O2 Forum Kentish Town on 27 May. Find out more.
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