Missy Elliot Receives Honorary Doctorate From Berklee First Rapper Ever

This is huge for not only Dr.Missy Elliot's career haha but the entire Hip Hop Community and Women's empowerment movement. I love the fact that the world is acknowledging Missy's hard work but also that this happened in the city of Boston. We are home of some of the best schools in the country and this just makes it even better. In her speech she mentioned how she overcame a lot of battles during her pursuit of her doctorates degree and encouraged everyone to keep going for their dreams and goals at any cost. You go Missy! Also with the same energy Justin Timberlake also graduated from Berklee big ups to the Goat JT! Check out the full story on okayplayer.com

Meet Dr. Missy Elliott.

On Saturday (May 12th)Missy ElliottandJustin Timberlakereceived honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. (OrchestratorAlex Lacamoire, who delivered the commencement address, also received the honor.)

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Elliott is the first hip-hop artist to receive an honorary degree from the prestigious college. When announcing Elliott, Berklee called the legendary artist a “groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering producer, songwriter, singer, and rapper.”

According toCBS Boston,Elliott told a tale of resilience, mentioning setbacks like illness and being dropped from labels as things she had to overcome. She said:

There will be ups and downs — prepare for that…As long as you are breathing, it is never too late. Don’t forget that. You have come too far to quit.

READ:Missy Elliott to Receive an Honorary Degree From Berklee College Of Music

Missy Elliott was clearly overjoyed by the honor, she posted a social media post about her new title:

Justin Timberlake also gave an uplifting speech, saying:

You’re defined by what you define failure as. It’s not a thing if it leads you to your success. It’s all part of the journey…I hope that in the years to come, two things will happen: One, I will represent you in the way that you most hope for. And two, I look around and see this graduating class. Meet me at the studio. I want to see y’all!

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Story Credit: Okayplayer.com

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