Missy Elliott, Kehlani, Phonte & More Are Revealing Random Music Facts on Twitter

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Twitter users and artists alike joined in to spread little-known knowledge.

Twitter user Beverly T. Gooden gave music fans early Christmas presents on Monday evening. Gooden sparked dozens of musical revelations by tweeting a simple request to her followers.

The timeline quickly sprang into action. Everyone joined in, from relatives of near-stars to the superstars themselves. Contributions ranged from the Motown era to the golden days of hip-hop.

Little Brother’s Phonte offered a blast from the past featuring The Spinners, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, and Diana Ross.

Phonte’s music fact inspired a music fact of its own. New Orleans-based DJ Soul Sister added a gem regarding a demo track that floated around between Rick James, Teena Marie, and Diana Ross.

Oakland songstress Kehlani got in on the action, revealing the source of her earliest songwriting credit. Spoiler alert: it appeared in an incredibly unlikely source.

One of the biggest revelations of the day, however, came directly from Missy Elliott herself. Initially, Elliott revealed just how long her debut album SupaDupaFly took to create. Subsequently, she revealed one of her four Grammy-winning performances was a last-second addition to the album.

The posts went from mind-blowing to outright hilarious. For example, there’s this story about the creation of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

This story about Rick Ross‘s preferred studio ambiance borders on parody.

One of the most important revelations behind these facts is that classic records are quite often the result of happenstance. The story of D. Angelo’s “Untitled” is yet another example of lightning striking mid-session.


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