Day 6

Why Canadian rapper Michie Mee is jazzed about Missy Elliott's hall of fame induction

This week, Missy Elliott made history as the first female rapper inductee to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Canadian hip-hop pioneer Michie Mee tells us why she's celebrating.

Missy Elliott will be the first female rapper inducted to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame

Missy Elliott performs onstage during the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Missy Elliot made history last Saturday when it was announced she would be the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. 

The five-time Grammy-award winning artist has been an influential powerhouse in the music industry for over 20 years.

While Missy Elliott has built an exemplary career for herself, over the years she has collaborated with artists like Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child and Lil' Kim.

She also wrote chart topping hits like Ciara's 1, 2 Step, Aaliyah's One in a Million, Mya's My Love is Like ... Wo, Destiny's Child's Confessions and 702's Where My Girls At?

One of Canada's own legendary hip hop artists, Michie Mee, says Missy Elliott is unique and throughout her career has understood the importance of collaboration.

"My reaction when I first heard Missy Elliott was inducted was, 'Oh my God, this hasn't happened before?'" Michie Mee told Day 6.

"I was just so happy that a female rapper could be noted to have this position and be inducted."

Michie Mee, a trailblazing, award-winning female rapper herself, spoke to Day 6 about Missy Elliott's impact, not only on her own career, but on the future she has helped build for emerging female hip-hop and rap artists. 

"Hip hop took a long time to be noted on the radar, and Missy is a part of it now and that's going to influence a whole lot of other young women," Michie Mee said.

To hear more from Michie Mee, download our podcast or click 'Listen' at the top of this page.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?