Elliott called the late icon “a genius.”

Missy Elliott says that she has lost unreleased music by Prince, which he handed to her during a meeting some years ago.

Speaking on The Strombo Show, the rapper said she first encountered Prince at an LA club after asking his permission to use a lookalike at her gig, and he posed the question of collaboration.

“He had sent me some stuff, music of his and I moved and I could never find that music,” recalled Elliott. “And yesterday I was sitting there saying, ‘I have to go to my house, in my storage space and find this music.” The tapes are still M.I.A.

Missy also called the late artist – who would have been 58 yesterday – “a genius”. “When he entered the room, he was like a giant… I mean, I think everybody just pulled up and started looking to records and records and records and when you go, you always knew this was a genius, but when you really go and listen — you appreciate,” she said.

“And we really have to start appreciating these artists while they are still here and not just wait until these moments to recognise the genius and the greatness of what they’ve done for music.”

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