The rap star has vowed to put women artists at the top of her agenda...

Missy Elliott has vowed to put women at the top of the agenda in rap with the relaunch of her record label THE GOLD MIND ENTERTAINMENT.

The label, which is run through Elektra records, was originally set up four years ago but it is only this year that Elliott has begun to focus on developing new acts. At the label’s relaunch party she stated that she wanted to concentrate on discovering, signing and producing talent.

Recent signings Torrey Carter and Lil’ Mo – who covered Elliott‘s ‘Hot Boyz’, both performed at the relaunch, which was also attended by Bjvrk and Jay-Z.

According to rap website [url=]www.manhunt.com, she declared that women need to stand up and help their own in such a male-dominated field. She was backed by Elektra boss Sylvia Rhone, who added that labels run by women, in particular African/American women were all too rare and the next generation would be the ones to reap the benefit of Elliott‘s work with The Gold Mind.

The label’s first release was ‘Make It Hot’ by Nicole Wray, who said Elliott, who wrote the song, had been like a sister to her.