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All Quotes by author - Missy Elliott
" All of the trials and tribulations from personal to the artist. It shows that I'm human. People see the glamorous stuff, but they don't see the background. "
" A lot of people don't do this. You can count on a couple of hands probably how many artists also produce and write, both for themselves and for others, and are able to be successful at both things. "
" A lot of people don't know a lot of records that I've written or produced, so that's a highlight for me as a woman. "
" A lot of people don't know that before the artist, I wanted to be a writer and producer. That's always been a love of mine. Its easy for me to do it on myself, but it's fun to create for someone else. "
" A lot of times, I walk down the street and listen to people argue, and then I write a song about it. "
" And basically I always said when I was little that if I ever became successful or a celebrity, I would buy her this huge house and she would never have to work anymore. And I've done that. So I feel happy about doing that. "
" Before Missy, there was no comparison to what Missy was doing. "
" Before, you only had one Public Enemy and one Rakim and one Salt 'N' Pepa. Now, people have got the formula, and some of them are just doing it for the cheque. It's kind of watered down. "
" Breaking news: there is only one Missy. "
" Don Cornelius was a genius. He created a show where he was breaking artists' songs. If you were on his show, he made the consumer want to go out and purchase your music. He will be greatly missed. If they ever try to recreate what he did, it has to been done right, authentic and real with soul! That's what Don displayed. "
" Especially when the expectations become so high of you, you always remember the last record that might have been really successful, and you're trying to outdo that or trying to make something that does not sound like the last record. "
" Everybody is doing the same old thing. "
" He was like, 'I want to get in the studio with you.' Who turns down Pharrell? "
" Hip-hop is definitely not what it used to be, which was creative, original music. "
" I ain't no icon. It's people like Patti LaBelle, somebody like that's an icon. I'm just Missy. I'm just crazy, that's all. "
" I always feel the need to work as if I don't have a deal, because that's what's going to keep me around for a long time. "
" I always have been an entertainer, whether it's been joking or performing for people. And I always thought I had a talent, because I could rap and I could sing, and I did write. And all the other kids were going to college, but I just felt like I had to do this first, and if it didn't work, then I would go to college. "
" I always said if a man would have done half the records that I've done, we would know about it. But we don't know all the records I've done for other artists. "
" I am very scared of wasps; my cousin was stung in the eye once. "
" I believe that tracks speak to me. Some tracks make me write certain music or make me feel sad or inspire me to write a sad love song. Each track has its feeling to me. "
" I can't complain. I think when you get to a certain point, you shouldn't complain because there's so many people who would kill to get to this point. "
" I couldn't write because my nervous system was so bad - I couldn't even use a pen. "
" I didn't want to be a genius! That ain't cool. "
" I didn't want to just be an artist and let someone else have all that control over me. I knew I would have to produce. "
" I do Dance Dance Revolution. I'm not as good as the little kids that come in the arcade. Their little feet go crazy fast. I'm not that fast, but I'm good on it! "
" I don't just throw out microwave records. "
" I don't think Puffy knows what he did for hip-hop. Because he intertwined hip-hop and R&B so that people weren't intimidated. "
" I don't want to be oh-so-brag-about-it, but 'The Rain' is hot. "
" I don't want to get caught up and be an artist always on the go. Because once you do that, it's hard to get into the studio and do what I do. "
" I'd stand on the side of the road when I was just a little girl singing on trash cans. People would roll down their windows saying, 'Isn't she cute'. I had a vivid imagination. I always pretended it was some big stage. "
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