Busta Rhymes, Ciara, and Timbaland on Missy Elliott's first headlining tour (Part-2)

“We are in the best spaces in our lives, individually and collectively, we’re at the most experienced spaces,” Rhymes says. We're no longer Daniel-san. All of us are Mr. Miyagi senseis. Know what I mean? We're perfecting what we've been doing and building as a family for 30 years.”  

The lineup feels something special,” Elliott says. It's family. It's unfinished." Longtime collaborator June Ambrose styles the trio in all-black outfits, like the Avengers were perfectly dressed R&B and hip-hop icons. They take group and individual photographs.  

Ceara cries after her solo photo shoot. When I was a little kid and an aspiring artist, you asked me, ‘Who inspires you?’ I would mix Michael Jackson, Prince, and Missy Elliott. Her performance is among the best ever, she remarked. She means a lot to me as an artist, sister, and person. She must always be honest with me. I can call her to cry.”  

But when asked if there will be any on-stage collaborations—Elliott composed and sang on Ciara's smash single “1, 2 Step”; Ciara on Elliott's “Lose Control”—she chuckle Missy is particular. She says she doesn't want to spoil surprises. “I think people will stand throughout. We all have energetic records.”  

Someone will die! Jokes that rhyme. “And come back to life,” Ciara interrupts. Let’s keep it positive,” Rhymes jokes. “Someone will die and resurrect.”

Elliott hints at program content later. “It’s an experience, it’s not just seeing the artist on stage,” she explains. "I want people to trip to those music videos and relive them on stage. It has lots of good stuff. It's expensive!”  

“Out of This World — The Missy Elliott Experience” begins at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 4 and ends at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on Aug. 22.  

Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Austin, Texas, Houston, Fort Worth, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Sunrise, Florida; Atlanta; Baltimore; Hampton, Virginia; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Newark, New Jersey; Boston; Brooklyn; Detroit; Montreal; and Toronto will be affected. The tour is produced by Live Nation and Young's Monami Entertainment. The presale begins tomorrow, and tickets go on sale Friday.  

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