Lizzo has unleashed “Tempo,” a fast-paced ode to curvaceous women, assisted by legendary emcee, Missy Elliott. It’s the third single from her upcoming album, Cuz I Love You.
An aggressive guitar lick gets the song going before Lizzo introduces the unapologetically catchy hook: “Slow songs, they for skinny hoes / Can’t move all of this here to one of those / I’m a thick bitch, I need tempo / Fuck it up to the tempo.”
Missy joins in on the fun towards the end of the track with tongue-rolling lyrics: “All the fly girls head to the dance floor / Kitty cat, kitty cat, purrr / All the thick girls down on the fl’rrr / Ice on my neck like brrr / I’m big-boned with nice curves / Look at me, I know I look g’rrrd.”
After the song’s release, Lizzo took to Instagram to reminisce on the first time she met Missy, and to express her gratitude for their collaboration together:
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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 ?
Check out “Tempo” below and keep an eye out for Cuz I Love You next month: