This week it became clear that Lizzo and Missy Elliot are the rap duo we didn’t even know we needed.
“Without [Missy Elliot] I would have been trying to chase a completely different type of career,” confessed Lizzo in a mash-up tribute video the singer recently shared with her followers.
During a recent interview with PEOPLE , the performer revealed that after the initial release of her current hit, “Truth Hurts” was met with a lackluster response, she actually considered giving up on making music altogether. That’s when she had to lean heavily on her tribe to find the faith to keep going.
“And a lot of people rallied; my producer, my publicist and my family,” said Lizzo. “They were like, ‘Just keep going because this is the darkest before the dawn.’”
— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) July 25, 2019
Fortunately, she heeded that advice because 2019 has undoubtedly been the dawn of a new day for the Houston native. Lizzo dropped Tempo back in March and then the single appeared on her latest career making LP Cuz I Love You, which was released the following month.
In the clip directed by Andy Hines, the parking lot of a dinner (appropriately called Lizzo’s) is transformed into a vibrant late night dance party, as both Lizzo and her idol remind us what a confident body-positive woman looks like in the midst of Hot Girl Summer.
Check out the video below: