Early 2000s R&B Singer Tweet Calls Missy Elliott Her "Guardian Angel"

Could BET’s new digital series Finding be the next Unsung ?

We think so. On Saturday (Jan. 26), BET Networks premiered the third episode of Finding profiling the soul-centric R&B singer Tweet . (No relation to Twitter.)

For those who may not exactly remember the singer Tweet , she is best known for the hypnotic hip-hop soul single “Oops (Oh My)” which reached No. 7 in 2002 and to the lesser extent, “Call Me” and “Turn da Lights Off.”

After her 2005 album It's Me Again , Tweet took a decade-long break from the music industry. She returned in 2016 with the critically acclaimed, Charlene released on the indie label eOne, which gave the Rochester native her third record to hit the top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts.

Tweet reflected on her nearly 30-years in the record industry beginning in the early ‘90s when she joined the group Sugah after being discovered by Devante Swing from Jodeci . Tweet met a then early-20-something Missy Elliott who apart of Devante ’s other group Sista.

The platinum-selling crooner said that from the moment she met Missy Elliott , they hit it off as friends and recorded a song called “Sugar & Spice” while at a party the studio threw. Eventually, the members of DeVante ’s imprint, Swing Mob -- that included Missy , Timbaland & Magoo , Playa , and Ginuwine left the Basement Crew. Tweet , who was a young mother, found herself back home broke, without a job nor a record deal.

One day in 1999, Missy Elliott called Tweet out of the blue in what Tweet describes to be a very dark time in her life and told her “I need you out in L.A.”

“I always call her my guardian angel, because she came at a time I was ready to go out,” Tweet recalled. Although Tweet, brushed off the phone call from Missy, sis wasn’t playing! The next day, the Supa Dupa Fly diva had a limo waiting in front of Tweet’s house.

The ‘Smoking Cigarettes’ songstress would then go on to record background vocals for Missy’s third album Miss E...So Addictive before witnessing her own debut album Southern Hummingbird open up at No. 3 on the pop charts.

Check out the documentary below and revisit her biggest hits.

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