NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Missy Elliot has opened up about recording her new hit single "WTF (Where They From)" and her decision to return to music.
"Who turns down Pharrell?," Elliot said in an interview with i-D of how The Voice judge contacted her after her show-stealing performance at Super Bowl XLIX earlier this year alongside Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz.
"He flew me to L.A. and he put me up and we got in the studio and he said, 'Yo! I got this crazy beat.' You know, Pharrell, he's very zen, very yoga, he's such a sweetheart. But this time, he was straight from the hood, like 'Yo, I got this crazy record for you, I already wrote my rap, I gotta get your bars now.'"
The pair then released "WTF (Where They From)." The funky and futuristic jam's music video has already amassed over 13 million views on YouTube in less than a week. However, Elliot said she did not want to rush into things and carefully took her time with recording "WTF"
"When something is so hot, I don't want to just jump on it right away, I want to take it home and make sure I give it my best shot," she said. "[Pharrell] said 'Listen, just remember who you are. You've always been fun and animated and you have always made people want to dance. Look in the mirror so you can know who you are. It's time. It's your time.' That's how it happened."
Elliot even wondered if she would even fit in with today's musical landscape and questioned returning after her last album in 2005. "Do people still want to hear something creative and risky at this point?," she said of her style of music. "People might not be accepting of your music. So I battled that and I thank god for somebody like Pharrell who stayed in my ear."
Elliot has yet to announce a title or release date for her long in-development album with longtime producer and collaborator Timbaland noting in 2014 that the project is "something you ain't never heard Missy do. It sounds today, but the future."