While her peers were in Brooklyn for the VMAs, Missy Elliott made a rare appearance at Korean pop music festival KCON 2013 at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena on Sunday.
The hip-hop icon was met with cheers as she closed out the weekend-long festivities as a guest of South Korean singer/rapper G-Dragon. The two performed G-Dragon’s bilingual single “Niliria,” which will be featured on his upcoming album.
The performance was taped for K-Pop countdown show “M Countdown.”
During the convention, Missy also caught up with “Gangnam Style” hitmaker PSY.
Fantasia graced the stage with hip-hop icon Missy Elliott during her performance on “106 & Park” on Wednesday. Dressed in all black, the ladies shut it down with a powerful performance of their ladies’ anthem “Without Me” off Fantasia’s album Side Effects of You.
The “American Idol” champ explained the inspiration behind the record. “When I recorded ‘Without Me,’ I was feeling some type of way,” Tasia told Bow Wow and Angela Simmons. “I got a little phone call and I remember going back into the studio like, ‘Yo, I need a record that’s gonna give me some club feel. I want to go a little hood, I want to get a little ratchet.’”
Fantasia has co-written a song for Lee Daniels’ The Butler soundtrack. “I just put my all into it, gave it some Baptist Church good feel,” she said.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Missy will perform during the first U.S. taping of K-Pop countdown show “M Countdown” on Aug. 25 as part of KCON 2013, a two-day fan convention at L.A. Memorial Sports Arena.
Watch Tasia and Missy perform their collaboration for the first time on television.
Fantasia shows a sexier side in the video for “Without Me” co-starring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott. Directed by Gomillion & Leupold, Tasia calls the clip her favorite yet. The ladies sizzle on screen with their fierce looks (Kelly slips into a bodysuit, Tasia flaunts her legs, and Missy rocks a faux hawk).
“The directors have captured Fantasia and myself in a video style that we’ve never done before,” Kelly told “Access Hollywood.” “Even the grittiness of the song is reflected in the video.”
The ladies’ anthem, helmed by Kyle Stewart, Harmony Samuels, Al Sherrod Lambert, Missy, and Fantasia, appears on Fantasia’s album Side Effects of You.
Missy Elliott kicked off Billboard Music Awards weekend at Haze nightclub in Las Vegas. The hip-hop icon made a rare appearance at the ARIA hotel on Thursday night. She brought some rock star style to the red carpet in a red leather vest and pants, with her hair styled in a faux hawk.
Clubgoers were also treated to a high-energy performance from the five-time Grammy winner. With Rockwilder on the turntables, she performed her classics including “Lose Control” and “Work It.”
The crowd went wild when she hit the stage. “@MissyElliott just tore @HazeNightclub up! No1 does it like ME!!! Er performance energetic & head bangin!!! Hit after hit!!” tweeted one fan.
While we await new music from Missy, check out her artist Sharaya J performing her single “Banji” at The Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball.
Toni Braxton dropped a bombshell when she said that she was done with music. In the weeks following her announcement, the R&B icon has received an outpouring of support from her peers. While hosting her sister Tamar’s Backyard Boogie Baby Shower at the Hotel Bel-Air, the oldest Braxton spoke out about her leave of absence from the industry.
“I’m kinda still on the done with music side, but we’ll see,” she told Rap-Up TV. “I haven’t done any recording, nothing in the studio.”
Some of her famous friends including Anita Baker, Babyface, and Missy Elliott have tried to encourage her to get back in the studio. “Missy called me. [She said], ‘I’ll be in town, come by, just come say hi,’” she shared. “They’re kinda tryna push me to do something. But I love them for that and it makes me feel so much better ’cause I don’t feel so alone.”
She’s not the only superstar who fell out of love with music. “Someone told me Barbra Streisand, who is like the queen bee, felt the same way, but she didn’t do it for 10 years,” said Toni.
Even if it takes that long, she sees the silver lining. “Maybe I’ll be a better singer ’cause I feel like Barbra got even better, so we’ll see.”
With her fourth album Side Effects of You in stores tomorrow, Fantasia is moving forward with plans for her next single, “Without Me” featuring Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland. During her interview with Rap-Up TV, the “American Idol” winner explained how the collaboration came together.
“Missy Elliott was the first person I thought about because we’re friends as well as we do business together,” she said of the hip-hop legend, who she met while working on her debut album Free Yourself. “And I knew that she would just lyrically kill the verse.”
After hearing Missy rhyme on J. Cole’s single “Nobody’s Perfect,” she reached out. “She just gave you that old Missy, so I called her and I was like, ‘Hey, I want that. Give me that vibe.’”
She also praised Kelly, who sings on the track. “Right now she’s doing her thing. We both kinda have that same story where you started from the bottom now you’re here,” she said. “She’s doing so well. She’s a strong black woman with strong black features, so I thought I can’t do this record with anybody else but Kelly and Missy.”
Fantasia is already planning a video, and wants Missy to direct it. “I want her to do the video for me. You look back at all her videos and they’re all amazing. She’s a genius. So me, her, and Kelly, we’re gonna get together and do this thing on our own.”
Fantasia puts her man on blast on her new single “Without Me.” The “American Idol” champ calls on her pals Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott on the ladies’ anthem, helmed by Kyle Stewart, Harmony Samuels, Al Sherrod Lambert, Missy, and Fantasia.
“What would you be without me?” asks Fantasia, while Kelly adds her sultry vocals and Missy spits a hot verse.
“So Thankful For These Two Beautiful Ladies,” said Tasia. “We Created A Monster on this Album.. Missy is Going STUPID HARD ON THIS 1!!! OMG!!! Kells VOCALS On Here!! Cra!! Thanks to my BABIES.”
The collaboration can be found on Fantasia’s fourth album Side Effects of You, in stores April 23. Listen to snippets of the entire album.
Rap-Up.com has your first listen to “Without Me” below.