"The witness becomes the writer. From the test comes the testimony."
May 19, 2017 3:59 PM Subscribe
On Missy's 2015 song "WTF (Where They From)," there is a sample of a young girl speaking. The voice belongs to Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin who was on the phone with him when he was murdered. Missy doesn't bring this up, I do. She goes almost mute when I say that by sampling Jeantel's voice, Pharrell and she have done a remarkable thing that has reversed what usually happens to the words of girls who look like Rachel Jeantel.
's June edition cover story on Missy Elliott
as interviewed by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah.