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Dr. Missy Elliot becomes first female rapper to receive honours from the Berklee College


Missy Elliot has inked her name in the pages of history after achieving the extraordinary as the first female rapper to receive honors from the Berklee College of Music.

Rapper, singer, songwriter and producer, Missy Elliott, has made history as the first female rapper to receive honors from the Berklee College of Music, USA. Missy received accolades in Berklee president, Roger H. Brown’s introduction for shaping genres, smashing stereotypes and pushing musical, visual and stylistic boundaries.

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In her opening remarks, the five-time Grammy Award winner whose U.S. sales have surpassed 30 million dollars told her graduating class that they should prepare for the inevitable ups and downs. Missy Elliot recounted her own ups and downs, such as losing awards, being dropped from a label and becoming ill. She urged graduates to be patient through their struggle and encouraged they never give up on themselves.

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“As long as you are breathing, it is never too late. Don’t forget that. You have come too far to quit,” Missy Elliot said. Following the ceremony, both Elliott and Timberlake posted the landmark moment on Instagram and captioned it “CREATE YOUR OWN LANE”, alongside a video of her in a cap and gown with her framed diploma.

Over 1,000 graduates from 67 countries and 47 U.S. states received degrees this year at Berklee College of Music’s 2019 commencement. At the ceremony, Berklee president, Roger H. Brown also presented honorary doctorates to music icons Alex Lacamoire, and Justin Timberlake.

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