Lizzo — rocking a sparly red, white and blue bikini with a matching red cowboy hat and blue fur cape — serves up some impressive twerking in the video. Plus, we won’t spoil it too much, but Elliott delivers her verse from an unexpected place.
“Tempo” sets the tone with an aggressive guitar lick, as Missy gets you ready for the avalanche to come. “I’ve been waitin’ for this one/ Turn it up,” she says. Lizzo then flips the track into an ode to curvaceous women. “Boyfriend watchin’, oh now he wanna knuckle up/ Get on this ride, baby, you gon’ have to buckle up/ Thick thighs save lives, call me little buttercup/ All means necessary/ My ass is not an accessory,” the Atlantic Records signee raps.
Elliott returns to have some fun of her own with the nostalgia-filled record. “All the fly girls head to the dance floor/ Kitty cat, kitty cat, prrr/ All the thick girls down on the flrrr/ Ice on my neck like brrr/ I’m big-boned with nice curves/ Look at me, I know I look grrrd,” the Grammy-winning icon rhymes, making sure to roll her Rs properly.
Lizzo alsopreviously paid homage to Missy for inspiring her to pursue music with a touching post to social media. “You made this chubby, weird, black girl believe that ANYTHING was possible. And now we have a BANGER together,” Lizzo wrote. “Till this day you continue to inspire me to make my dreams come true. Now go fuck it up to the #TEMPO and STREAM OUR SONG!!!! Love You.”
Watch the video for “Tempo” below.