Like Missy, These 7 Black Women Suffer From A Sick Pen Game

Last night, Missy Elliott finally got her flowers when she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Fame. Missy is the first female Hip Hop artist to achieve the honor and even President Barack Obama, himself, thanked the legend for her contributions to music and our community.

We’re ecstatic to see Missy, who has penned classic songs like Aaliyah’s “One In A Million,” Total’s “What About Us,” and more, get the respect she deserves — by the way, that doesn’t even begin to cover her work in songwriting for other artists, not to mention her one--a-kind style and all the hits she put out on her own projects.

We’re hoping Missy Elliott’s Songwriters Hall Fame honor is just the beginning and that more and more Black women in music will be recognized down the line. Here are some names that come to mind when we think great women with excellent pen game, who might just follow in Missy’s groundbreaking footsteps one day, or are already beginning to.

Like Missy, These 7 Black Women Suffer From A Sick Pen Game

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Ester Dean

Ester’s pen game is CRAZY. Just a few her credits include Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” Beyoncé’s “Countdown,” Selena Gomez’s “Come and Get It,” Nicki Minaj’s “I Lied,” MJB’s “I Am,” and Ciara’s “Never Ever.”

Like Missy, These 7 Black Women Suffer From A Sick Pen Game

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Keri Hilson

Keri never really got the recognition she deserved in the songwriting department, as she’s also got an extensive list songwriting credits connected to many your faves. Just to name a few… Omarion’s “Ice Box,” Ludacris and MJB’s “Runaway Love,” Britney Spears’ “Gimme More,” and Avant’s “4 Minutes.”

Like Missy, These 7 Black Women Suffer From A Sick Pen Game

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Diana Gordon

This is definitely a name you all should know. Diana “Wynter” Gordon penned “Daddy Lessons,” “Sorry,” and more on Beyoncé’s award-winning Lemonade album. If you missed what she had to say about that “Becky with the good hair” line, read that HERE.

Like Missy, These 7 Black Women Suffer From A Sick Pen Game

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Priscilla Renea

Miss Priscilla is definitely a favorite ours in the songwriting department. Her credits include K. Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.,” Ariana Grande’s “Imagine,” Mariah Carey’s “A No, No,” Rihanna’s “California King Bed,” and more.

Like Missy, These 7 Black Women Suffer From A Sick Pen Game

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Victoria Monét & Tayla Parx

Like Missy, These 7 Black Women Suffer From A Sick Pen Game

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These two are the machine behind some Ariana Grande’s biggest hits, including “thank u, next” and “7 Rings”… yep, did you know two young Black women did that?!

Like Missy, These 7 Black Women Suffer From A Sick Pen Game

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Sonyae Elise

Sonyae Elise has worked with some pretty big names in the game, including projects for K. Michelle, Anderson .Paak, Omarion, and more. She’s definitely on our radar and she should be on yours too.