Sunday 17 December 2017

7 reasons we can't forget the legend that is Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott
Recording artists Katy Perry and Missy Elliott perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Whether or not the Super Bowl viewers on Twitter really didn't know who Missy Elliot was or not, it's still worth reminding ourselves why the rapper is the Queen.

The 43-year-old has been working with her old neighbourhood friend Timbaland since 1990 and together they've written and produced songs for artists including Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Ciara, Monica and more.

Nicki Minaj was 15 years old when Missy's platinum-selling debut album Supa Dupa Fly featuring massive hit The Rain (video below) was released in 1997 and the younger star has said Missy influenced her to pursue a career in music.

To date, she has five Grammy awards and has sold over 30 million albums in the US alone.  Her album Miss E... So Addictive was released in 2001 with this gem, Ger Ur Freak On, on it:

Her next album, Under Construction, featured a song that induces compulsive dancing. Here's Work It, which is, and will always be, featured in every Elliott tribute ever.

Along with Get Ur Freak On and Work It, Missy also sang Lose Control at the Super Bowl on Sunday.  It's from her sixth studio album The Cookbook and features Ciara and Fatman Scoop no less.

She's already had several Missy Elliott medley tributes at various awards shows - here's one from the MTV Video Music Awards (2009) featuring frequent collaborators Keyshia Cole, Eve, Timbaland, Fatman Scoop and Ciara.

She made a guest appearance on the a remix of fellow Super Bowl performer Katy Perry's hit Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)...

As well as appearing on All Night Long by Demi Lovato, the remix of Why Stop Now with Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, and she'll guest on Faith Evans upcoming sixth studio album, and Monica's eighth studio album.

Basically, even though she hasn't released an album in 10 years, she's still everywhere, influencing everyone.

And if all that is not reason enough to love her there's always this: she produced and made a guest appearance on Scary Spice's debut solo single, 'I Want You Back' in 1998:

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