In Celebration of Missy Elliott’s Singular Career
No one likes Missy elliot.
From her arrival on the scene in the mid-’90s, first as a demand producer and then as a grassroots artist herself, she caught our attention in a way that few have been able to.
With her constant refusal to be pigeonholed, she challenged the very notion of talking about a female MC and centering her career with a woman-bodyist-sexual-positive outlook decades earlier than any Premature was common. In fact, you can draw a straight line from Missy’s arrival LizzoDominated over the previous year.
With childhood friend and superproducer Timbaland During the making of most of her six studio albums, she introduced the music industry to one of her most inventive and endearing partnerships. (His Oscar-nominated biopic, Where’s Hollywood ?!
She sold more albums than almost every other female rapper in the game, asked almost everyone in the industry to bless her remix with a poem, and both were the first to join the Song Writers Hall of Fame Become. And Receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at MTV VMA. And in the same year – 2019 – no less.