Beyond the super bowl: revisiting the prolific talent of Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott

I’m a couple weeks late on this blog post, but I had to add my voice to the chorus of people who were so happy to see Missy Elliot back in the spotlight at this year’s super bowl with Katy Perry. Considering that her songwriting, production, and performing was the soundtrack of my twenties, I owe it to her to express my admiration here. Not only is she a talented songwriter and rapper/performer, she also is a uber-talented producer. According to Wikipedia, Missy Elliott:

“…is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood friend and producer Timbaland on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV. As a record producer and songwriter, she has worked with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Janet_Jackson, as well as contemporary artists Keyshia Cole, G Dragon, Tamia, Monica, and Ciara…In the late 1990s, Elliott expanded her career as a solo artist and rapper, eventually winning five Grammy Awards and selling over 30 million records in the United States. Elliott is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum…including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction.”

My first introduction to her was in 1996 for her songwriting on Aaliyah’s classic album, One in a Million, though I did not know I was being introduced to her. When I first became aware of Missy, it was through her own song “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” on her album Supa Dupa Fly, released in 1998. I cannot tell you how many times I played that song:

Here are some other songs she produced or wrote and/or performed. God bless the super bowl for bringing her back to the spotlight where she deserves to be. Let’s take a trip down memory lane from the late 1990s through the mid 2000s. We want more Missy!

She produced this song “Trippin'” off of Total’s 1998 album Kima, Keisha & Pam:

She wrote this Aaliyah song, “Are U Feeling Me?” from the 2000 Soundtrack to Romeo Must Die:

Elliott produced this modern version of “Lady Marmalade” in 2001, from the Soundtrack to Moulin Rouge:

Missy wrote, produced and performed this song from her 2003 album This is Not a Test, “Pass That Dutchie”:

Another stellar tune written, produced, and performed by Missy, “We Run This”, on her 2005 album The Cookbook:

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