Elliott’s influence in hip-hop fashion has been enduring for nearly 30 years, but in her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech last November, the artist reflected on women in rap whose heights she once aspired to reach.

“I didn’t wanna call out any names, but I have to say Pepa who is here from Salt-N-Pepa? Her and Queen Latifah, [MC] Lyte, Roxanne Shante, so many,” Elliott said. “Monie [Love], all those ones before me gave me their shoulders to stand on. So I just wanna take the time. My people say, “Hey, go up there, and you know, people wanna hear from you, how you feel.” But these are the people who inspired me. And if it wasn’t for them and their music, I probably wouldn’t be standing here.”

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