The talented songstress opens up at ESSENCE Fest about how encouragement from Missy during a tough time helped jumpstart her career.

George Artsitas
Jul, 02, 2017

If it wasn't for Missy Elliot, Tweet might not be with us today.

On Saturday, the R&B star and Essence Festival veteran explained the story of how Elliot prevented her from committing suicide when she was younger. 

"I met Missy in '94. We both were in a crew with DeVante from Jodeci.  He had this whole crew with Timbaland, Missy, Playa, Ginuwine, myself. So, she left to become who she is. Around 1999, she left the group and I was contemplating taking my life," Tweet told the ESSENCE Festival crowd while speaking on SiriusXM's Heart and Soul station at the Ford Block Party.

"Just at that moment, Missy called. We had lost contact for like five years. She called me and said, 'I need you to be on this record.' I'm like 'whatever.' She sent a car and I went to L.A. and then that same visit, I got my deal. Then 'Oops' came out the next year.”

"When I tell you, 'Put your trust in God, he'll turn things around for you,' I'm a witness."

Tweet released her long-awaited third studio album, Charlene, in February of 2016 to rave reviews from fans, reminding us all why she’s still one of the most talented artists to ever pick up a mic.

Be sure to check out Tweet hitting the Essence Festival stage on Sunday for a performance in Walmart’s ‘For The Love of R&B’ Superlounge at 8:15 p.m.