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Missy Elliott

About

Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer, and record producer. She embarked on her music career with R&B girl group Sista in the early-mid 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland, with whom she worked on projects for American R&B acts Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV. Following several collaborations and guest appearances, she launched her solo career in 1997 with her debut album Supa Dupa Fly, which spawned the top 20 single "Sock It 2 Me". The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, the highest charting debut for a female rapper at the time.Elliott's second album, Da Real World, was released in 1999 and produced the singles "She's a Bitch", "All n My Grill", and top five hit "Hot Boyz". The remix of the latter song broke the record for most weeks at number-one on the US R&B chart on the issue dated January 15, 2000, as well as spending 18 weeks at number one on the Hot Rap Singles chart from December 1999 to March 2000. With the release of Miss E... So Addictive (2001), Under Construction (2002), and This Is Not a Test (2003), Elliott established an international career that yielded hits including "Get Ur Freak On", "One Minute Man", "4 My People", "Gossip Folks", and "Work It". The latter won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance. She released her first extended play, titled Iconology in 2019.

Elliott has been referred to as the "Queen of Rap" by media outlets. She has sold over 30 million records in the United States. Her accolades include four Grammy Awards. The Mercury News ranked her the top female rapper of all time. She is the best-selling female rapper in Nielsen Music history, according to Billboard in 2017. She became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received the MTV VMAs Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her impact on the music video landscape. In 2020, Billboard ranked her at number five on the 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time. In 2021, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Articles

August 11, 2022

Missy Elliott ‘Forever Grateful’ as Virginia Hometown Names Street in Her Honor: ‘This Hit Different’

Portsmouth, Virginia has approved to rename a portion of McLean Street to Missy Elliott Boulevard. "I am forever grateful,” the pioneering rapper tweeted.

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August 10, 2022

Missy Elliott Is Getting a Street in Her Hometown Named After Her

"I am forever GRATEFUL," Elliott tweeted of the honor.

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August 10, 2022

Street in Missy Elliott’s hometown to be renamed in rapper’s honour

"I am forever grateful", Missy Elliott said of the news The post Street in Missy Elliott’s hometown to be renamed in rapper’s honour appeared first on NME.

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August 8, 2022

Nicki Minaj to Receive Video Vanguard Award and Perform Live at 2022 VMAs 

Minaj is the fourth rapper to receive the honor, following LL Cool J (1997), Kanye West (2015) and Missy Elliott (2019).

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August 1, 2022

Anitta Teases Deluxe ‘Versions of Me’ Album, Featuring Missy Elliott and Maluma Collaborations

The Brazilian star also shared a snippet of her song with Missy Elliott, who called her 'one of the sweetest artists'

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July 7, 2022

Missy Elliott tells artists working on their second album to “go with your gut” and be “fearless”

"Your sophomore album be stressful but it's the BEST ALBUM to EXPERIMENT on" The post Missy Elliott tells artists working on their second album to “go with your gut” and be “fearless” appeared first on NME.

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July 7, 2022

Anitta Is Collaborating With Missy Elliott & ‘Honestly Can’t Believe’ It

“One of the sweetest artists and had me laughing so hard," the rapper tweeted about the Brazilian singer.

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July 6, 2022

Missy Elliott Offers Advice to Artists Working on Sophomore Albums

She urges fellow musicians not to play it safe. “People normally charge for this kind of info but I’m giving this to the artist for FREE.”

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July 6, 2022

Missy Elliott Shares Advice for Artists Working on Sophomore Albums: 'If U Play Safe You Will Be Boxed In'

Missy Elliott took to Twitter to share some advice for up-and-coming artists, centered specifically around the importance of sophomore albums.

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June 8, 2022

The Music That Made Cyndi Lauper

From classic Broadway musicals to Joni Mitchell’s vivid songwriting to the genius of Missy Elliott, here are the sounds that shaped the pop eccentric’s life, five years at a time.

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May 6, 2022

Lil Wayne Calls Missy Elliott the Best Rapper Ever & She’s Forever ‘Grateful’

“She’s a huge influence of everything I’ve ever done," he told host Nick Wright.

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March 18, 2022

Missy Elliott Jumps Into the Bad Bunny ‘Safaera’ Conversation and Clarifies Royalty Details

"Sadly you mislead all these people to make them think I have 99 percent," she says on Twitter

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March 18, 2022

Missy Elliott Calls Out Jowell for Implying She Gets 99% of Bad Bunny’s ‘Safaera’ Royalties: ‘This Is Very Irresponsible’

Missy Elliott is clearing her name after successfully getting her royalties for Bad Bunny’s hit song “Safarea," which features a sample from her hit, “Get Ur Freak On."

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March 13, 2022

Afropunk founder announces LETSGETFR.EE Carnival with Missy Elliott, Kali Uchis and more

Jhené Aiko, Ozuna, and Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals also play the Queens festival in August The post Afropunk founder announces LETSGETFR.EE Carnival with Missy Elliott, Kali Uchis and more appeared first on NME.

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March 3, 2022

Flo Milli on Missy Elliott: ‘I See Her Influence Everywhere’

"'She's a Bitch' is my favorite. If it came out today it would still be just as hot as it was back then. They’re calling her a bitch, but she don’t care."

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March 1, 2022

Missy Elliott, Wizkid to Headline Inaugural LETSGETFR.EE Carnaval: See the Full Lineup

The inaugural festival will take place Aug. 20 and 21 in Queens, New York.

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March 1, 2022

Missy Elliott, Ozuna, Wizkid, and Anderson .Paak to Perform at First-Ever LetsGetFr.ee Carnaval

El Alfa, Kali Uchis, Lido Pimienta and Mr Eazi are also scheduled to take the stage in Queens, New York this summer

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March 1, 2022

Afropunk Founder Enlists Missy Elliott, Kali Uchis, Jhené Aiko for New Festival

LETSGETFR.EE, also featuring Ozuna, Flatbush Zombies, Jorja Smith, Wizkid and Anderson .Paak, will take place Aug. 20 and 21 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY

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December 2, 2021

Timbaland Teases First Missy Elliott Album In Over 15 Years

Elliott hasn't released a full album since 2005's 'The Cookbook.'

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December 2, 2021

Timbaland teases Missy Elliott’s first album in over 15 years

It looks like the long-awaited follow-up to 'The Cookbook' is in the works The post Timbaland teases Missy Elliott’s first album in over 15 years appeared first on NME.

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November 13, 2021

Britney Spears Gets Love From Missy Elliott, Cher, Cyndi Lauper & More as Conservatorship Ends

As Britney Spears finally sees the termination of her conservatorship after nearly 14 years, she's being celebrated by her peers in pop music and beyond on social media.

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November 12, 2021

Taylor Swift, BTS, Missy Elliott, Lady Gaga, T.J. Osborne & More of the Week’s Biggest Winners (Nov. 12)

From Taylor Swift's release of 'Red (Taylor's Version)' to T.J. Osborne's moving moments at the 2021 CMA Awards, take a look at the awards Billboard gave this week's awards.

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November 9, 2021

Watch Lizzo’s Full Speech at Missy Elliott Walk of Fame Ceremony: ‘We Don’t Deserve You’

Lizzo was able to give Missy Elliott her flowers directly in a speech during Monday's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony.

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November 9, 2021

Lizzo praises “genius” Missy Elliott during Hollywood Walk Of Fame induction

"You have no idea what you have done for so many Black girls" The post Lizzo praises “genius” Missy Elliott during Hollywood Walk Of Fame induction appeared first on NME.

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November 9, 2021

Missy Elliott Shines With Her Own Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The “Work It” singer and rapper is enshrined in the Hollywood Walk of Fame with her very own star.

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November 9, 2021

Missy Elliott honoured with Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Lizzo, Ciara and Mona Scott-Young introduced the rap legend The post Missy Elliott honoured with Hollywood Walk of Fame star appeared first on NME.

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November 9, 2021

Missy Elliott Gives Speech After Receiving Hollywood Walk of Fame Star: Watch

She shouted out her hip-hop “godmothers” including Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Roxanne Shanté, Salt-N-Pepa, and others

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October 6, 2021

Tyler, the Creator Accepts Cultural Influence Award at BET Hip Hop Awards: Watch

He thanked influences including Q-Tip, André 3000, Chad Hugo, Pharrell, Kanye West, and Missy Elliott

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September 7, 2021

Janet Jackson Teases Upcoming Documentary ‘Janet’

Paula Abdul, Missy Elliott and Tito Jackson appear in the trailer

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Discs

Trampoline (feat. Missy Elliott, BIA and Doechii)

March 3, 2022

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Cool Off

April 21, 2020

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Why I Still Love You

January 17, 2020

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DripDemeanor (feat. Sum1)

October 18, 2019

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ICONOLOGY

August 23, 2019

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Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott)

March 20, 2019

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This Is Me (The Reimagined Remix) [with Keala Settle, Kesha & Missy Elliott]

November 16, 2018

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Level Up (feat. Missy Elliott & Fatman Scoop) [Remix]

July 27, 2018

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I'm Better (feat. Eve, Lil Kim & Trina)

June 2, 2017

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I'm Better (feat. Lamb)

January 27, 2017

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WTF (Where They From) [feat. Pharrell Williams] [Remixes]

April 22, 2016

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Pep Rally

February 7, 2016

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WTF (Where They From) [feat. Pharrell Williams]

November 12, 2015

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Triple Threat (feat. Timbaland)

September 18, 2012

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9th Inning (feat. Timbaland)

September 18, 2012

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The Cookbook

July 4, 2005

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This Is Not a Test!

November 1, 2003

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Under Construction

November 11, 2002

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Miss E... So Addictive

May 14, 2001

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Da Real World

March 31, 1998

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Supa Dupa Fly

July 11, 1997

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