Music / Missy Elliott

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If you a fly gal / Get your nails done / Get a pedicure / Get your hair did.

Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott) is an American rapper, songwriter and producer. She is best known for her work in the early 2000s, with songs such as "Get Ur Freak On" and "Lose Control".

She is quite arguably the most successful female solo rapper in history and is credited with, in many ways, giving women a voice in the notoriously misogynistic genre of hip hop. Her 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly, her 2001 album Miss E...So Addictive and her 2002 album Under Construction are seen as some of the greatest female-fronted rap albums in history.

Her last album (The Cookbook) was released in 2005, though she is said to have another album in the works, entitled Block Party. Ten years after the release of The Cookbook, she reemerged with a new song called "WTF (Where They From)" featuring Pharrell Williams, which might be a sign that Block Party is finally headed our way.

Studio album discography

  • Supa Dupa Fly (1997)
  • Da Real World (1999)
  • Miss E...So Addictive (2001)
  • Under Construction (2002)
  • This Is Not A Test! (2003)
  • The Cookbook (2005)


Provides examples of

  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: From "Work It" - "Boys, boys, all type of boys / Black, White, Puerto Rican, Chinese boys / Why-thai,-thai-o-toy-o-thai-a-thai / Rock-thai,-thai-o-toy-o-thai-a-thai."
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Missy has never shied away from her own sexuality in her music, referencing her big thighs and butt in "Work It".
  • Boastful Rap: A good number of her songs use this.
  • But Liquor Is Quicker: Referenced in "Work It": "Boy, lift it up, let's make a toasta / Let's get drunk, this gon' bring us closer / Don't I look like a Halle Berry poster? / See the Belvedere playing tricks on ya".
  • Ching Chong: Her song "Work It" contains the line "black white puerto rican chinese boys, wang-thang thang-a thang-a thang-y thang".
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Missy's parts in Tweet's "Oops (Oh My)": "I was looking so good, I couldn't reject myself / I was feeling so good, I had to touch myself..."
  • Drugs Are Bad: Miss E...So Addictive. The underlying theme of the album is getting high on music rather than illicit substances. Somewhat surprisingly, Missy's drug history is limited to once eating a Jamaican brownie... several years after this album was released.
  • Dunce Cap: She briefly wears one in the video for "Work It."
  • Losing Your Head: She does it to herself in the video to "One Minute Man."
  • Music Video Overshadowing: "Sock it to Me". Song: Intercourse with You. Video: Mega Man.
  • Not Christian Rock: While she is very open about her faith, including at least one Christian song on every album, her music (while still sneaking Christian references in here or there) is hardly what you would call "Christian rap."
  • Self-Titled Album: Miss E...So Addictive
  • Singer Name Drop: On Under Construction, she opened damn near every song on there with some variation of the phrase "This is... a Missy Elliott... exclusive".

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