Simone Missick wears her love for hip-hop on her chest, literally. The 35-year-old actress, who is set to appear in the upcoming Marvel series The Defenders premiering on August 18, is wearing a black tank top that highlights some of the most celebrated women in hip-hop. Emcees like MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and Eve are all prominently listed in white font.

It’s not too surprising though as Missick made her debut as badass detective, Misty Knight, in Marvel’s Luke Cage. Along with showcasing a bulletproof black man defending Harlem from criminal overlords, the 2016 series was also known for its reverence for hip-hop with A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad serving as its music supervisor, a cameo from Method Man, and several classic hip-hop tracks laced throughout the soundtrack.

But as a Detroit native, Missick’s experience with the hip-hop scene was a bit different. Although she had love for the West and East Coast (as well as a little group from Atlanta called OutKast), the golden era of hip-hop in the D was filled with underground house music by “DJ such and such.” But, similar to almost every other hip-hop artist, their songs were “very misogynistic” and it rarely stopped a good time. “We danced our asses off to it and we were like, ‘Yeaaaaahhhh. Bend what? Over where? Yessss’,” says Missick, who admits to doing footwork in the club since she was 13.

But now, 22 years later—and over 600 miles away from her hometown—Missick is ready to eat. Fresh off of an ethereal photoshoot, Missick still has two braids going down each side of her face while the rest of her fro is pushed up into a pineapple up-do accentuated with an orange headwrap. Her aforementioned black tank top is paired with a jealousy-inducing rhinestone embedded leather jacket, dark blue jeans, and all-white classic Adidas sneakers. Missick appears like a down-to-Earth rockstar—and that’s just who she is.

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