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Missy Elliott

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Biography

Few artists in rap and R&B have attained as much commercial success as Missy Elliott. No one else has achieved such prominence while simultaneously reshaping two genres as a hired gun and headliner, defying stereotypes, and combining style, sex, and humor into a cartoonishly outsized image. After she broke through with partner Timbaland as the co-writer of Aaliyah's number one R&B/hip-hop hits "One in a Million" and "If Your Girl Only Knew," Elliott went on an extraordinary run for herself, beginning with the certified gold single "Sock It to Me"/"The Rain." Her albums consistently went multi-platinum, promoted with singles and accompanying videos that combined to stimulate multiple senses. Even if her solo output was disregarded, Elliott's work as a songwriter, producer, arranger, and featured artist would be enough to place her in the top tier of '90s and 2000s pop figures. Additional hits she has written and/or produced for Nicole, Total, 702, Tweet, Monica, Ciara, and Keyshia Cole invalidate the argument that soul left commercial R&B after new jack swing. Elliott's solo smashes, scattered across the same period, disprove the theory that gangsta rap stole the fun from hip-hop. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1971, Melissa Arnette Elliott began her professional career when Jodeci's DeVante Swing signed her group Sista (previously Fayze) to his Elektra-affiliated Swing Mob label. Elliott, who was also part of the Swing Mob collective behind the scenes, subsequently left her first Billboard chart impression in 1993 as the co-writer, co-producer, and featured vocalist on Raven-Symoné's number 68 pop hit "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of." The following year, "Brand New," a Sista single written and fronted by Elliott, touched number 84 on the R&B/hip-hop chart. Its parent, 4 All the Sistas Around da World, was shelved in the U.S., but Elliott shrewdly remained beside fellow Swing Mob member Timbaland and worked extensively with him on Aaliyah's 1996 album, One in a Million. The move proved to be key, as the album racked up enormous sales and led to sessions with other artists and a recording contract with Elektra. Her debut as Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, Supa Dupa Fly, hit the streets in 1997 and went platinum within two months. Along with its radio-ready singles, it contained an astounding crop of album tracks that naturally emphasized Elliott's versatility. Into the mid-2000s, as a steady succession of emerging and established artists was boosted by her songwriting and production, Elliott released five additional albums that, like Supa Dupa Fly, went double platinum. Da Real World, her much-awaited second album, was even more ambitious than her debut, featured appearances from Aaliyah, Eminem, and Beyoncé, and included her first headlining Top Ten pop hit, "Hot Boyz." Around this time, her mainstream status was further affirmed with appearances in television ads for clothing and soft drink brands. The cycle repeated itself in 2001 with Miss E...So Addictive, powered by the nutty "Get Ur Freak On," another Top Ten smash. Elliott's winning streak continued a year later with album four, Under Construction, and its hits "Work It" and "Gossip Folks," which were somehow old-school reminiscent and alien-futuristic at once. Elliott's music machine continued to pummel the charts with This Is Not a Test! in 2003 and The Cookbook in 2005, full-lengths that didn't require event-level singles to sell over two million copies each. Respect M.E., a straightforward anthology, was released in 2006 in several territories outside the U.S. The seventh Missy Elliott studio album, tentatively titled Block Party, remained elusive for over a decade. From the mid-2000s well into the late 2010s, she worked primarily in the background with Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, and Monica, among others. Elliott's own releases were sporadic, limited to a handful of tracks highlighted by the gold-certified Pharrell Williams collaboration "WTF (Where They From)." ~ Andy Kellman & Jason Birchmeier
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Work It
  3.   Get Ur Freak On
  4.   Lose Control
  5.   The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
  6.   Hot Boyz
  7.   WTF (Where They From)
  8.   Gossip Folks
  9.   One Minute Man
  10.   Pass That Dutch
  11.   She's a Bitch
  12.   All N My Grill
  13.   I'm Really Hot
  14.   Back in the Day
  15.   Sock It 2 Me
  16.   Ching-A-Ling
  17.   I'm Better
  18.   Bring the Pain
  19.   On & On
  20.   4 My People
  21.   My Struggles
  22.   Dog in Heat
  23.   Baby Girl Interlude/Intro (Featuring Mary J.
  24.   Busa Rhyme
  25.   Shake Your Pom Pom
  26.   Lick Shots
  27.   Hot
  28.   We Run This
  29.   Pussycat
  30.   Get Up Freak On
  31.   Slide
  32.   Pep Rally
  33.   Bad Man
  34.   Friendly Skies
  35.   WTF (Where They From)
  36.   Mommy
  37.   Spelling Bee
  38.   Funky Fresh Dressed
  39.   X-Tasy
  40.   Beep Me 911
  41.   Sock It to Me by Da Brat
  42.   Meltdown
  43.   Irresistible Delicious
  44.   Let It Bump
  45.   Don't Be Cruel
  46.   Can You Hear Me
  47.   Go to the Floor
  48.   Why You Hurt Me
  49.   Don't Be Coming (In My Face)
  50.   They Don't Wanna F** Wit Me
  51.   Best Friends by Aaliyah
  52.   Outro (Featuring Mary J. Blige) (Amended Album
  53.   Pump It Up (Featuring Nelly) (Amended Album
  54.   Bus-A-Bus (Interlude)
  55.   It's Real
  56.   Pump It Up
  57.   Whatcha Gon' Do
  58.   Take Away
  59.   Old School Joint
  60.   Busta's Intro by Busta Rhymes
  61.   Spelling Bee Interlude/Spelling Bee (Amended Album
  62.   Ragtime Interlude/I'm Really Hot (Amended Album
  63.   Keep It Movin' (Featuring Elephant Man) (Amended
  64.   Triple Threat
  65.   Toyz Interlude Toyz
  66.   Higher Ground (Prelude)
  67.   Time and Time Again
  68.   Click Clack
  69.   Teary Eyed
  70.   Can't Stop
  71.   4 My Man
  72.   Remember When
  73.   Partytime
  74.   Joy
  75.   Outro
  76.   I'm Not Perfect
  77.   Let Me Fix My Weave
  78.   Toyz
  79.   Dats What I'm Talkin About
  80.   Is This Our Last Time
  81.   Keep It Movin
  82.   Wake Up
  83.   Intro by Mary J. Blige
  84.   Hurt Sumthin
  85.   Ain't That Funny
  86.   Play That Beat
  87.   Nothing Out There For Me
  88.   Big Spender
  89.   I've Changed (Interlude)
  90.   Slap! Slap! Slap!
  91.   Step Off
  92.   Bus-a-Bus Interlude
  93.   Scream AKA Itchin'
  94.   So Addictive (Intro)
  95.   Izzy Izzy Ahh
  96.   Busta's Outro by Busta Rhymes
  97.   Gettaway by Nicole
  98.   I'm Talkin'
  99.   Hit Em Wit Da Hee featuring Lil' Kim
  100.   Five Minutes
  101.   Mysterious (Intro)
  102.   Beat Biters
  103.   Dangerous Mouths
  104.   You Don't Know
  105.   Mr. D.J.
  106.   Checkin' for You (Interlude) by Lil' Kim
  107.   Stickin' Chickens
  108.   Smooth Chick
  109.   We Did It
  110.   Throw Your Hands Up (Interlude)
  111.   U Can't Resist
  112.   Crazy Feelings
  113.   Religious Blessings (Outro)
  114.   Who You Gonna Call
  115.   Pass da Blunt
  116.   Bite Our Style (Interlude)
  117.   Izzy Izzy Aah
  118.   Wake Up [Amended Album Version] [Featuring
  119.   Getaway
  120.   9th Inning
  121.   Missy's Finale
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