“One thing I won’t do is compromise. I will never do something based on what everybody else is telling me to do. And I have to kick myself in the a** every night," Elliott shares. "Nah. I have to make sure that it’s right. I’ve been through so many stumbling blocks to build a legacy, so I wouldn’t want to do something just to fit in. Because I never fit in."
"I loved the idea of feeling like a hip-hop Michelin woman. I knew I could have on a blow-up suit and still have people talking," she adds. "It was bold and different. I’ve always seen myself as an innovator and a creative unlike any other.”
During an interview with ET in 2002, Elliott opened up about her creative process, and how isolating herself from what everyone else was doing helped her create her own sound.
“Whenever I do any of my albums, I don't listen to the radio, I don't watch videos, I try to not follow a format,” she said. “It's easier for me to not listen or look at visual or sound because then I have to make up my own and create a sound and a visual for myself.”