â€” Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) February 3, 2015
The genius of Missy Elliott is nothing new to me. I remember bobbing my head toÂ her hit, “I Can’t Stand the Rain” and countless others. But, “I Can’t Stand the Rain” was my -ish. I loved how Missy added a hip hop element to Ann Peebles’ version of the song that is tossed withÂ Tina Turner’s funk and drizzled with that ole Al Green soul. Yes, I still love this song. But, enough about that. What I really want to talk about is what God has for me, you, Katy Perry and even Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott.
On Sunday, more than 114 million people tuned in for Super Bowl XLIX including myself.Â I was just there for halftime and the snacks. But seriously, I was pulling for my guys Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman to get the W along with the Vince Lombardi trophy. Okay, back to halftime though.Â We all knew Katy was performing and then rumors circulated that Lenny “Make me Moist” Kravitz and Missy Elliott were her special guests. Now it was about to get good.
Halftime happened. Lenny hit the stage and I started tingling inside. Yes, Gawd! Then after a few scenes, Missy hit the stage. I was like a kid at the Candy Lady house for a grape freeze cup. She was taking me back, honey. Halftime show was a success. A hit. It was awesome.
Fast forward post game and I went to Facebook to share my disgust that the Patriots had won. Well, I wasn’t disgusted, but I wasn’t happy either. As I got my scroll on, I kept seeing these comments about Missy stealing the show from Katy. I even read a nasty article in the New York Times by a journalist that clearly had his panties in a bunch. He was mad, I guess…
It’s officially three days after the game and I came across this video produced by The Insider. During the newscast, they kept saying that Missy stole the show. Mmmmm, I don’t know about that. Can you steal what’s yours? You can check out the video below. They even asked the questions, “Did Missy Elliott steal the show?”
This is how I see it. We can’t steal what is for us. As I think about it, us real Missy fans hadn’t seen her rock the mic like that in about a decade. We missed her. We love her. She has that originality that has made her a lyrical genius and a legend in this hip hop game. She got that work! We were happy. We’re still happy.
Although Katy was the headliner for the Super Bowl, the show wasn’t about her. Let’s face it, Katy can open any show she wants. She’s hot. She’s crossed over into this new pop-rap genre that seems to be emerging. She’s now. As I read the headlines and tweets, I see that these youngsters knew nothing about Missy and her genius. But, Sunday God blessed their ignorant souls. It was time. It was Missy’s time. It is Missy’s time, again.
You see, sometimes God will use us to bless others. He will take us to places not for our direct enjoyment, not for us to shine but for us to pull others in the spotlight with us. For us to let them shine in places that they may have never gone before or even thought to go. Heck, sometimes they are just too afraid to attempt to go. Some blessings are just intended for us to be a blessing to others. Point. Blank. Period.
So…no, Missy did not steal the show from Katy Perry. He used Katie toÂ catapult Missy in the next stage of her life. He used that stage, Katy’s stage, to show Missy that he’s still in the business of blessing. That’s all he did. However, the real test is how we handle the blessing and how we handle it when GodÂ shares our shine with others.
Now that’s the real test, my friend.
So what do you think? Is it Missy’s time or not?