Like Missy, These 7 Black Women Suffer From A Sick Pen Game

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Last night, Missy Elliott finally got her flowers when she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Missy is the first female Hip Hop artist to achieve the honor and even President Barack Obama, himself, thanked the legend for her contributions to music and our community.

We’re ecstatic to see Missy, who has penned classic songs like Aaliyah’s “One In A Million,” Total’s “What About Us,” and more, get the respect she deserves — by the way, that doesn’t even begin to cover her work in songwriting for other artists, not to mention her one-of-a-kind style and all the hits she put out on her own projects.

We’re hoping Missy Elliott’s Songwriters Hall of Fame honor is just the beginning and that more and more Black women in music will be recognized down the line. Here are some names that come to mind when we think of great women with excellent pen game, who might just follow in Missy’s groundbreaking footsteps one day, or are already beginning to.

Ester Dean

Ester’s pen game is CRAZY. Just a few of her credits include Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” Beyoncé’s “Countdown,” Selena Gomez’s “Come and Get It,” Nicki Minaj’s “I Lied,” MJB’s “I Am,” and Ciara’s “Never Ever.”

Keri Hilson

Keri never really got the recognition she deserved in the songwriting department, as she’s also got an extensive list of songwriting credits connected to many of your faves. Just to name a few… Omarion’s “Ice Box,” Ludacris and MJB’s “Runaway Love,” Britney Spears’ “Gimme More,” and Avant’s “4 Minutes.”

Diana Gordon

This is definitely a name you all should know. Diana “Wynter” Gordon penned “Daddy Lessons,” “Sorry,” and more on Beyoncé’s award-winning Lemonade album. If you missed what she had to say about that “Becky with the good hair” line, read that HERE.

Priscilla Renea

Miss Priscilla is definitely a favorite of ours in the songwriting department. Her credits include K. Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.,” Ariana Grande’s “Imagine,” Mariah Carey’s “A No, No,” Rihanna’s “California King Bed,” and more.

Victoria Monét & Tayla Parx

These two are the machine behind some of Ariana Grande’s biggest hits, including “thank u, next” and “7 Rings”… yep, did you know two young Black women did that?!

Sonyae Elise

Sonyae Elise has worked with some pretty big names in the game, including projects for K. Michelle, Anderson .Paak, Omarion, and more. She’s definitely on our radar and she should be on yours too.

Drake Gives NBA Champions Speech & Teachers Ruin Graduation: This Week’s Winner & Losers

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

Those who truly won this week was a blur, especially when you have sideline privileges. Meanwhile, the L’s were clear as crystal.

Peep the results for this week below, then hit the flip for more winner-loser sensationalism.


1. Drake

If you didn’t know, Drake

I mean the Toronto Raptors have been competing in the NBA Finals and they finally took home the championship win against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

While players like Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry were surely celebrating, the Champagne Papi was bringing the dramatics the entire time and it peaked when he gave a speech to the press after Toronto’s win.

“This is poetic, you just gotta watch it happen,” Drake started. “I want my chips with the dip. That’s all I know. I don’t want my chips plain I want my chips with the dip. So bring them dips!”



Watch his full dramatic speech below.



Of course, the Internet was fully ready to celebrate the athletic skill and 100 percent sportsmanship Drake brought to the Finals games.




Don’t be surprised if a full-on mixtape drops about the Raptors’ victory and how chips, without a question, need dip.



Congrats Raptors!

…and Drake.


2. Missy Elliott

On Thursday, Missy Elliott became the first female hip hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and we just have one thing to say…


Missy has been behind countless hits and folks like Michelle Obama and Lizzo made sure the world knew it thanks to their special tributes.


If you still don’t understand how much Missy changed the game, check out her resume here, and we salute her for the many wins she’s achieved throughout her career!

All The Reasons Why We All Need To Put More Respect On Missy Elliott’s Name

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Living in a time of one hit wonders, watered down lyrics and sub-par visuals makes you long for the work of eclectic geniuses like Missy Elliott.

Let’s face it — anyone who was popping before the Internet blew up is like ancient history to some of the kids growing up today. It’s almost like the world as a whole started over once Youtube and social media became a thing, making all the artist who put in work before that feel like dinosaurs.

Missy Misdemeanor Elliott was way ahead of her time when it came to production, melodies and spitting bars. She could rap without a ghostwriter, produce without loops, sing an R&B ballad  and give you extraterrestrial videos at the same damn time. Miss E. can make an entire song rapping backward and it’ll top the charts. She’s your faves fave.

On Friday, she made history as the the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. And it’s about damn time!

Missy is proof that it’s hard to be a lion amongst sheep. But fortunately for her, there’s a whole generation of young folks who appreciate her contributions to music and will not let the world forget it.

These days, the legend is looking good and living better. But just in case you forgot about her healthy resume, hit the flip to refresh your memory.

DJ Snake joins forces with J Balvin and Tyga for “Loco Contigo”!

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

DJ Snake is back with some new music. This time around, the music producer has teamed up with Tyga and J Balvin for an amazing production, called “Loco Contigo”. Honestly, this new single from the French DJ is one those tunes that gets you moving in an instant and we’re sure that it will become a hit this summer, so get ready to hear it at festivals and radio stations from all over the world!

You can check it out below and let us know what you think!

Alle Farben Shares Life on the Road on Third Studio Album “Sticker On My Suitcase”!

Filed by Alvera CastaldoAlvera Castaldo

On his brand new studio album “Sticker On My Suitcase,” Alle Farben touches on one the most omnipresent and yet ten forgotten aspects in every touring artist’s life: traveling. The German producer showcases his signature dance-pop sound throughout the album with organic, melodic instrumentals and subtle, groovy basslines. 

Farben’s knack for delivering upbeat but raw tracks is especially exemplified on the album’s title song, which uses emotive and relatable lyrics to manifest his realizations about travel and life after several years spent on the road – that it is the journey, not the destination, that is the crucial part.

Sticker on My Suitcase” is Alle Farben’s highly anticipated third studio album, marking another step on his journey to success. It contains eighteen songs, including a brand new single “Different For Us.” The LP also includes the already released streaming hits “Little Hollywood“(feat. Janieck), “H.O.L.Y.“(feat. RHODES), “Only Thing We Know“(feat. Kelvin Jones & Younouts) and “Fading“(feat. Ilira). You can check out the full album below!

Showtek & Sultan + Shepard release their summer track ‘Way We Used 2’!

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With summer around the corner, brothers Showtek and duo Sultan + Shepard teamed up for their highly anticipated track ‘Way We Used 2. A radio friendly crossover tune that promises to go a long way this summer. Following their collaboration earlier this year on Armada Music, Showtek and Sultan + Shepard teamed up again for an amazing new record.

Way We Used 2 combines the energetic and characteristic sounds Showtek with the creative and immersive approach Sultan + Shepard. The song takes you on a warm nostalgic trip, leaving you with a strong desire for more! Make sure that you check out the single below, because this is definitely one you don’t want to miss!


Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

With sights set on making this Halloween as remarkable as it can be, Laserface is capturing the city Minneapolis and inducing its people into a haunting coma lights, lasers, and trancephoria. Hosted at legendary venue The Armory on Saturday, October 26, fans from far and wide can come to expect total sensory overload. The expansive 8,400 capacity venue is going to be home to this once in a lifetime Halloween spectacular, so grab your costumes and crew and come ready to experience the pews.

Laserface is the mind-blowing live show featuring the music Gareth Emery perfectly choreographed to the lasers globally renowned show designer Anthony Garcia. A perfect marriage between music and technology, the show features previously unprecedented numbers lasers alongside bleeding-edge new technologies exclusive to the show. Tickets for this massive show are on sale now right here.


Lucas & Steve x Deepend team up for the ultimate feelgood summer tune ‘Long Way Home’!

Filed by Elsa MajewskiElsa Majewski

Teaming up for what might be one the most anticipated collabs this year, Dutch acts Lucas & Steve and Deepend present ‘Long Way Home’. It’s an instant classic presented here, featuring the feelgood energy both acts, laying down infectious vocals, tempting hooks and overwhelming hands-in-the-air chorus. Life is good in the hands these seasoned tastemakers, get ready to take a sweet long way home.

Check out the single below and tell us what you think about it!

Dillon Francis Launches Weekly YouTube Video Series, “What’s In Dillon’s Box?”!

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Dillon Francis announced a few days ago the launch his new YouTube video series titled, “What’s in Dillon’s Box?”. The weekly digital series will feature Francis reviewing an assortment random items that, as he states, “he buys on Amazon when he’s drunk”. Each week, viewers will have the chance to win a prize from Dillon’s box. The debut episode featured the world-renowned DJ reviewing a Vector Robot in the most typical Dillon fashion, extremely colorful and comedic. to Dillon Francis’ YouTube channel here to watch the weekly series and catch the first episode below!

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano release new Ibiza anthem ‘Love, Dance & Feel’!

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano celebrate the beginning their third year residency at Hï Ibiza alongside Armin van Buuren with the release one their most intense house cuts to date.

‘Love, Dance & Feel’ is a dark, pumping slice dancefloor power created in collaboration with Rotterdam hotshot, Leon Benesty. After the pop-leaning sounds recent hit ‘Shameless’, this is a resolute return to the dancefloor. This twisted track immediately hits hard with its galloping beats, moody monotone bass and string blasts. A filtered breakdown gradually reveals the cool vocal refrain as atmospheric pads bring a techno touch and the menacing string refrain begins to boil.

A snare build truly epic proportions powers the track skyward before we hit into a stripped-back arrangement strings, bass and kick. It’s a brilliantly succinct move before the percussion cuts back in. The cascading string hook has a truly menacing feel that gives the track continued tension, and with another huge breakdown to come, the track reaches an explosive crescend that marries the orchestral with the electronic. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano did not disappoint with their latest single, so make sure to check it out below!

Besides the weekly Hi Ibiza gigs, the summer schedule the energetic house duo is jam packed. See their summer dates below.

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano release new Ibiza anthem ‘Love, Dance & Feel’!

Ben Gold and Richard Durand collaborate on the gorgeous “A Thousand Times”!

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Taken from the upcoming second part Ben Gold’s ‘Sound Advice’ album-series, this gorgeous, collaborative new single with Richard Durand brings back the beloved classic Trance sound for another brilliant journey fans will want to dive in instantly. With a soaring melody, spine-tingling breakdown and harmonies that warm the heart and soothe the soul, this magnificent fering will make Trance fans hit the repeat button ‘A Thousand Times’ or more.

Check out the single below and let us know what you think!

Marshmello teams up with A Day To Remember for “Rescue Me”!

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

A few days ago, Marshmello revealed that he was planning on releasing the first single from his upcoming album “Joytime III”. The track in question was released a few hours ago and is a collaboration with A Day To Remember, called “Rescue Me”, which sounds pretty amazing, if you ask us!

If you haven’t had the chance to check it out, then press play below and let us know what you think!