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Elliott, Missy

Missy Elliott

Rap musician, music producer

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott is a phenomenon. She did not merely take the traditionally male-dominated recording industry by storm as a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and head of her own label, she did so in one of the most macho, testosterone-laden of all genres, hip-hop—and, remarkably, she achieved all this in only six years time, by the time she was 28 years of age. Besides Elliott's work writing for and producing the cream of hip-hop and R&B, she has released six CDs to critical and popular acclaim. She was the first hip-hop artist to perform on the Lilith Fair tour. Elliott has been featured in a major ad campaign for the Gap, but she has not hesitated to have fun at the expense of her image in her videos. Elliott has "established herself as a singer-rapper-writer with a welcome penchant for humor and positivity," wrote Michael Musto in Interview. "And with her unconventional approach and severe distaste for BS, she's probably da realest girl in da biz right now."

Melissa Elliott was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her earliest musical experiences were with a church choir. Elliott seems to have known from an early age that she was going to be a star—she told her mother so repeatedly. She began playing the part of the star singer early too. Elliott would sing in her room with a broomstick microphone to an audience of her dolls. "In my mind I pictured them screaming for me. I would go into a whole other zone," she told Joan Morgan of Essence. Elliott wrote her own songs about butterflies, birds, whatever happened to be around. She sang them to passing cars from overturned trash cans, or to her family from atop picnic tables in the park.

Dreams of Stardom

Elliott not only vividly imagined herself on stage, she could see her heroes coming to take her to music stardom. "I remember in school writing Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson and asking them to come get me out of class," she told Michael Musto. "I would imagine them running down the hall and asking my teacher, 'Ms. Daniels, can we get Missy out of class? We're here to see Missy.' My imagination was always wild like that. So when I got a call from Janet, just to hear her say she loved my music, it was like a blessing. It was a dream come true to get a call from Mariah [Carey] … and now I'm just waiting for Michael Jackson to call."

Despite the fact that many of her dreams came true and the impressive power she has in the recording industry, Elliott remains a little star struck by the artists who used to be just voices on records. Whitney Houston called her, she told Musto, and "when I got off the phone I screamed so loud." Elliott's feet are still planted firmly on the ground, however, and she signs autographs patiently for the fans who recognize her on the streets of Manhattan. More significantly, Elliott courageously made public her father's physical abuse of her mother and her own sexual abuse at the hands of a cousin. It was for her a way of taking control of a past that had previously controlled her, as well as drawing attention to a serious social problem that frequently gets swept under the rug.

Elliott got her first musical break in 1991 when the group Jodeci, came to Portsmouth. She took her group, Sista, made up of some of her friends from junior high, to the hotel where Devante Swing, one of the members of Jodeci was staying. He was so impressed by their performance—a set of original tunes written by Elliott—that he signed them to his production company. "We thought we were too hot," Elliott told imusic. "We tried to look just like Jodeci during that audition. We had our pants tucked in our boots. We had begged our mothers to get us these outfits. We even had our canes. We thought we were four hot Devantes."

Sista cut their first album in 1995, and broke up when it became clear that Elektra Records could not afford to release it. Elliott had formed a production team at the company with Timbaland, a childhood friend. Elliott wrote the songs for artists such as Jodeci, Raven-Symone, and 702, and Timbaland produced the records. It was a combination that worked. The two were still working together in late 2000. Despite Sista's apparent failure, Elliott had gotten noticed. "People started to call for songs, or ask me to rap or something, she told imusic.

Led Aaliyah to Fame

One call came from singer Aaliyah, who was looking for a new producer. Elliott and Timbaland entered the picture and the result was four big singles from Aaliyah's CD One In A Million: "4 Page Letter," "Hot Like Fire," "If Your Girl Only Knew" and the title track. Sylvia Rhone, the chairman and CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group, took notice. She offered Elliott, then a mere 22 years of age, a deal that included writing and producing opportunities, her own recording label (The Gold Mind, Inc.), and eventually a contract as an artist. "You could recognize instantly that Missy possessed star potential," Rhone told Morgan.

Elliott has since worked with a number of other superstar singers, including Houston, Janet Jackson, Carey, and Paula Cole.

Musto asked Elliott if she ever worried that her work as a label executive, songwriter and producer would distract her from making her own music. "No," she replied, "because I really enjoy writing and producing for other artists. Some people save their best songs for their own albums. I'd rather give another artist one of my songs. At the end of the day, it still represents me."

For the Record …

Born Melissa Elliott in 1971 in Portsmouth, VA.

Auditioned with group Sista for Devante Swing of Jodeci, 1991; with partner Timbaland, began writing and producing acts such as Jodeci, Raven-Symone and 702, 1992; Sista cut first and only album, Brand New, 1995; wrote seven tracks for Aaliyah's CD, One In A Million, 1996; received major songwriting, recording and production deal, and label of her own from Elektra Entertainment, 1996; worked with superstars such as Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Paula Cole, and the Spice Girls, 1996–1999; released debut solo album, Supa Dupa Fly, 1997; made follow-up CD, Da Real World, 1999; released This is Not a Test!, 2003; won Grammy for Best Female Rap Solo Performance, 2004; starred in reality show The Road to Stardom, 2004; released The Cookbook, 2005.

Awards: Grammy Award, Best Female Rap Solo Performance for "Get Ur Freak On," 2001. Grammy Award, Best Female Rap Solo Performance for "Scream," 2001. American Music Award, Favorite Female Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, 2003. Grammy Award, Best Female Rap Solo Performance for "Work It," 2004.

Addresses: Record company—Atlantic Records, 1290 Ave. of Americas, 27th Fl., New York, NY 10104. Website—Missy Elliott Official Website: http:/www.missyelliott.com.

An Innovative Debut

Despite the fact that the world seemed to be waiting with baited breath, it took Elliott some time before she finally released the first CD of her own. "I was not going to make a record just to make one, if you know what I mean," she told imusic. "I wasn't going to do a record if I couldn't mix it up." The result was 1997's Supa Dupa Fly, a record critically praised as forging an innovative new direction for hip-hop. John Bartleson wrote that "open-minded hip-hop heads may find Elliott's intelligent yet indulgent, anesthetized electro-funk flow a persuasive argument for the unification of rap and R&B." In "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," for example, she deliberately distanced herself from the violent themes that run through so much other hip-hop. "I don't knock nobody's hustle," she told imusic, "but everybody don't want to hear that. You get that on the news and it depresses you enough." Supa Dupa Fly ended up going platinum and receiving a Grammy nomination.

Her second album, Da Real World, had more of a street feel. It produced a controversial single, "She's a B∗∗∗∗," a song which addressed her power—and attitude—as a woman. "Music is a male-dominated field," Elliott explained to Musto. "Women are not always taken as seriously as we should be, so sometimes we have to put our foot down. To other people, that may come across as being a b∗∗∗∗, but it's just knowing what we want and being confident." Da Real World also went platinum, and garnered both a Grammy nomination and three MTV Video Music awards.

One Hot Single after Another

2001 was the year Elliott became a mainstream artist that never left the radio. With the release of Miss E … So Addictive, Elliott scored two smash hits including "one Minute Man" and "Get Ur Freak On," which NME described as, "one of the greatest singles ever…. The sort of song that parts waters, causes planets to collide and pretty much obliterates the batty notion that music should somehow be divided into 'genres' that some people are allowed to like and others not." The track won Elliott her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance in 2001. On the album, she strut her stuff along with guests like Jay-Z, Redman, Eve, and Ludacris. Miss E … had more of a dance/club feel than her past albums as Elliott described to MTV.com. "I think dance does play a [bigger role] in hip-hop now. People wanna go in a club and they just wanna have fun, instead of it being so violent."

Elliott continued her chart-topping success with 2002's quick follow up, Under Construction. The catchy track "Work It" won her another Grammy for Best Female Rap Solo Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards. That same year, she returned with the new album This Is Not A Test! The popular song "Pass That Dutch" was a hit, and while voices like R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, and Jay-Z graced the album, it wasn't Elliott's best or most popular record. Elliott was now in a cycle of releasing albums almost every year as Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield noted, "… the star who drops the bomb of the year, every damn year."

After a short cameo in the 2003 film Honey, and becoming a spokesperson for clothing giant the Gap, Elliott set her eyes on reality TV. In early 2004, Elliott stepped aside from the beats to create a reality TV show with UPN. On The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott 13 aspiring performers traveled with Elliott on her tour competing to be the Next Big Superstar. And like many hip-hop stars of the day, Elliott moved into the fashion world when she created a sneaker line with Adidas called Respect Me. In the spring, she got back on stage and went on a cross-country tour with Alicia Keys and Beyonce Knowles.

In the summer of 2005, Elliott released The Cookbook, which debuted at number two on the Billboard charts. Preluded by the single "Lose Control"—a manic track featuring hot singer Ciara—The Cookbook marked a change in Elliott's usual recording style. Where Timbaland had been clearly present on albums in the past, on The Cookbook, the producer only appeared on two. In an interview with MTV.com, Elliott explained Timbaland's absence. "Me and Tim, this like our six album, so if we go any further left, we gonna be on Mars somewhere," she said. "We've done everything it is to do. I think both of us came to a spot where we didn't know where to go with each other. But Tim is very involved, he said 'nay' or 'yay' to [certain] producers. I was eight songs deep and I let Tim listen and he was like, 'Nah, you're going in the wrong direction.'" Instead of strictly Timbaland, Elliott brought in producers like the Neptunes, Rich Harrison and Scott Storch.

Selected discography

With Sista

Brand New, Elektra, 1995.

Solo albums

Supa Dupa Fly, East-West, 1997.
Da Real World, East-West, 1999.
Miss E … So Addictive, Elektra, 2001.
Under Construction, Elektra, 2002.
This is Not a Test!, Elektra, 2003.
The Cookbook, Goldmind/Atlantic, 2005.

Sources

Periodicals

Essence, March, 2000.

Interview, June 1999.

Rolling Stone, December 25, 2003.

Online

MTV Online, http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1505732/07142005/elliott_missy.jhtml (September 1, 2005).

NME, http://www.nme.com/reviews/11454.htm (September 1, 2005).

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Elliott, Missy

MISSY ELLIOTT

Born: Melissa Elliott; Portsmouth, Virginia, 1971

Genre: Hip-Hop, R&B

Best-selling album since 1990: Miss E . . . So Addictive (2001)

Hit songs since 1990: "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," "Get Ur Freak On," "Work It"


Hip-hop has always relied on outsize personalities to attract an audience, and Missy Elliott is no exception. She differs from many of her peers, however, in the way her individuality informs her musicrather than simply boast about her skills and fame, she employs a comedic and conceptual sophistication that makes her innovative. Since her debut in the mid-1990s, she has produced a string of hits for herself and other artists. They are at once giddy and sexually forceful, and they cut mercilessly through stereotypes. Though first pegged as a female rapper oddity, Missy Elliott has become a hip-hop visionary.


Partners for Success

Missy Elliott endured an abusive upbringing in Portsmouth, Virginia, in which music was her only escape. She instantly took to the new sound of hip-hop, and in her teens she began to write her own lyrics. In the early 1990s she was discovered by DeVante Swing, the Jodeci singer, who signed her to his roster of singers and musicians, which included Timbaland, her future production partner. She released a record with the group Sista titled 4 All the Sistas Around da World (1994), but the label folded soon after its release. She remained close to Timbaland, who asked her to write lyrics for songs he was producing for R&B singer Aaliyah. The resulting album, One in a Million (1996), was a smash hit and led to more work and exposure for the pair as hired guns. Later in 1996 Elektra Records signed Missy Elliott for her solo debut.

Supa Dupa Fly was released in 1997 to outstanding critical acclaim and sales. The interplay of Elliott's bold raps and Timbaland's retro-futuristic beats took radio by storm with a sound that was alternately catchy and disarmingly strange. The first single, "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," floats on Timbaland's "typewriter-funk" beat, creating a charged atmosphere with a smooth Ann Peebles sample and Elliott's lockstep flow. "Hit'Em Wit da Hee," a funk workout performed with Lil' Kim, expresses Elliott's self-confidence with the line, "It wasn't your car that had me all in love with you / Cause I've got my own ride and a trunk full of tunes." Although she is on the lookout for love, Elliott makes it clear that she refuses to compromise for anyone; the same philosophy applies to the eclectic music. Elliott displays her songwriting and vocal versatility with soulful, sultry R&B tracks like "Friendly Skies" and "Best Friends," recorded with Aaliyah.


So Addictive

After the massive success of Supa Dupa Fly, the Elliott/Timbaland sound extended throughout the music industry. The team wrote hits for other artists and rival producers adopted their twisted sonics. By the release of Da Real World (1999), their signature sound was dangerously close to feeling dated. They rebounded with an even stronger set of songs, racking up more hits and proving that the true force behind their work was Elliott's gift for songwriting. Da Real World is a darker affair; it confronts the stereotypes of rap and females in rap with a firmer hand, especially in the single "She's a Bitch." Missy Elliott's potent sexuality shines through in "Hot Boyz," a gender-twisted take on the typical hip-hop cat-call song. Timbaland's jittery, propulsive beats give each song a futuristic flair, making for deceptively simple soundscapes that elevate both the mind and the body. Da Real World established Missy Elliott as the most formidable force in hip-hop.

At the same time Missy Elliott began to appear in TV and print advertisements, further solidifying her position as a rap icon. In a series of music videos, she set herself apart from the typical hip-hop female. She boldly positioned herself as a well-proportioned woman and disarmed naysayers by wearing an inflatable bag suit and robot armor, among other costumes. By moving against the grain, she defined the state of hip-hop and the female viewpoint within it.

This momentum brought great expectations for her third album, Miss E . . . So Addictive (2001). A stylistic paean to the sensual joys of the club drug ecstasy (which she describes in the song "X-tasy" as "a place of fulfillment and fantasies / Where your dreams become realities"), the album explores deeper textures, traversing styles from hard-core rap to dance to soulful ballads. Timbaland's sonic design is at its most effective, with nuanced sounds and samples supporting Elliott's vocal and compositional talents. The single "Get Ur Freak On" imagines a crossroads of rap and dance. Its dense and dazzling beat drives Elliott's unmistakable rhyming. She addresses rappers Method Man and Redman in the steamy "Dog in Heat." Her need for love, but demand for respect, crystallize in the line, "When you come home from work, I'm gon' make you do more work." The gorgeous "Take Away," a nearly psychedelic ballad recorded with R&B singer Ginuwine, balances the visceral thrills of those songs with a swirling backing track. The two singers debunk the superficiality of rap in the chorus, "Take away, your gold and platinum chains / Cause I'm gon' love, love you anyway / I'm not in it for, for the love of cash / Cause if you go broke, I gotta make it last." Miss E . . . So Addictive is Missy Elliott's warmest album to date.


Back to the Future

Missy Elliott and Timbaland switched gears for Under Construction (2002), a retrospective tribute to hip-hop's glory days. The album celebrates the joyous grooves of Miss E . . . So Addictive while venerating the simple party atmosphere of golden age rap. The single "Work It" finds Elliott in top form, spinning rhymes about her sexual and artistic prowess ("Let me work it / I put my thing down flip it and reverse it") over a beat loaded with 1980s touchstones like cowbells and dizzy record scratches. She ratchets up the fun with "Gossip Folks," a playful diatribe recorded with the manic Ludacris, and "Nothing Out There for Me," in which she convinces R&B diva Beyoncé Knowles to leave her man at home and party. "Back in the Day" sets the theme of the album: Elliott longingly asks, "What happened to those good old days, when hip-hop was so much fun / those parties in the summer y'all, and no one came through with a gun." The record concludes on a reflective note with "Can You Hear Me," a tribute to deceased singers Aaliyah and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

Missy Elliott's work is consistently engaging. Whereas some rappers choose a demeanor and create songs to reinforce it, Elliott writes lyrics that emanate from a strong, powerful soul.

SELECTIVE DISCOGRAPHY:

Supa Dupa Fly (1997, Elektra); Da Real World (1999, Elektra); Miss E . . . So Addictive (2001, Elektra); Under Construction (2002, Elektra).

WEBSITE:

www.missy-elliott.com.

sean cameron

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Elliott, Missy

Missy Elliott

Singer, composer, producer

For the Record

Selected discography

Sources

Missy Misdemeanor Elliott is a phenomenon. She did not merely take the traditionally male-dominated recording industry by storm as a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and head of her own label, she did so in one of the most macho, testosterone-laden of all genres, hip-hopand, remarkably, she achieved all this in only six years time, by the time she was 28 years of age. Besides Elliotts work writing for and producing the cream of hip-hop and R&B, she has released two CDs to critical and popular acclaim. She was the first hip-hop artist to perform on the Lilith Fair tour. Elliott has been featured in a major ad campaign for the Gap, but she has not hesitated to have fun at the expense of her image in her videos. Puff Mommy, as Elliott is known to her fans, has even begun working as an actress on The Wayan Brothers TV show. Elliott has established herself as a singer-rapper-writer with a welcome penchant for humor and positivity, wrote Michael Musto in Interview. And with her unconventional approach and severe distaste for BS, shes probably da realest girl in da biz right now.

Melissa Elliott was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her earliest musical experiences were with a church choir. Elliott seems to have known from an early age that she was going to be a starshe told her mother so repeatedly. She began playing the part of the star singer early too. Elliott would sing in her room with a broomstick microphone to an audience of her dolls. In my mind I pictured them screaming for me. I would go into a whole other zone, she told Joan Morgan of Essence.Elliott wrote her own songs about butterflies, birds, whatever happened to be around. She sang them to passing cars from overturned trash cans, or to her family from atop picnic tables in the park.

Elliott not only vividly imagined herself on stage, she could see her heroes coming to take her to music stardom. I remember in school writing Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson and asking them to come get me out of class, she told Michael Musto. I would imagine them running down the hall and asking my teacher, Ms. Daniels, can we get Missy out of class? Were here to see Missy. My imagination was always wild like that. So when I got a call from Janet, just to hear her say she loved my music, it was like a blessing. It was a dream come true to get a call from Mariah [Carey]and now Im just waiting for Michael Jackson to call.

Despite the fact that many of her dreams came true and the impressive power she has in the recording industry, Elliott remains a little starstruck by the artists who used to be just voices on records. Whitney Houston called her, she told Musto, and when I got off the phone I screamed so loud. Elliotts feet are still planted firmly on the ground, however, and she signs autographs patiently for the fans who recognize her on the streets of Manhattan. More significantly, Elliott courageously

For the Record

Born Melissa Elliott in 1971 in Portsmouth, VA.

Auditioned with group Sista for Devante Swing of Jodeci, 1991; with partner Timbaland, began writing and producing acts such as Jodeci, Raven-Symone and 702, 1992; Sista cut first and only album, Brand New, 1995; wrote seven tracks for Aaliyahs blockbuster CD, One In A Million, 1996; received major songwriting, recording and production deal, and label of her own from Elektra Entertainment, 1996; worked with superstars such as Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Paula Cole, Scary Spice, and Nicole, 1996-1999; released debut solo album, Supa Dupa F/y, 1997; made follow-up CD, Da Real Life, 1999.

Addresses: Record company East-West Records, Elektra Entertainment Group, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, NY 10019. Fan club Missy Elliott Fan Club, c/o Gejel Enterprise, P.O. Box 923, Temple Hills, MD 20757.

made public her fathers physical abuse of her mother and her own sexual abuse at the hands of a cousin. It was for her a way of taking control of a past that had previously controlled her, as well as drawing attentior\to a serious social problem that frequently gets swept under the rug.

Elliott got her first musical break in 1991 when the group Jodeci came to Portsmouth. She took her group, Sista, made up of some of her friends from junior high, to the hotel where Devante Swing, one of the members of Jodeci, was staying. He was so impressed by their performancea set of original tunes written by Elliottthat he signed them to his production company. We thought we were too hot, Elliott told music. We tried to look just like Jodeci during that audition. We had our pants tucked in our boots. We had begged our mothers to get us these outfits. We even had our canes. We thought we were four hot Devantes.

Sista cut their first album in 1995, and broke up when it became clear that Elektra Records could not afford to release it. Elliott had formed a production team at the company with Timbaland, a childhood friend. Elliott wrote the songs for artists such as Jodeci, Raven-Symone, and 702, and Timbaland produced the records. It was a combination that worked. The two were still working together in late 2000. Despite Sistas apparent failure, Elliott had gotten noticed. People started to call for songs, or ask me to rap or something, she told imusic.

One call came from singer Aaliyah, who was looking for a new producer. Elliott and Timbaland entered the picture and the result was four big singles from Aaliyahs CD One In A Million: 4 Page Letter, Hot Like Fire, If Your Girl Only Knew and the title track. Sylvia Rhone, the chairman and CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group, took notice. She offered Elliott, then a mere 22 years of age, a deal that included writing and producing opportunities, her own recording label (The Gold Mind, Inc.), and eventually an contract as an artist. You could recognize instantly that Missy possessed star potential, Rhone told Morgan.

Elliott has since worked with a number of other superstar singers, including Houston, Janet Jackson, Carey, Paula Cole, Scary Spice, and Nicole. In addition to her writing, arranging and producing, she began making guest appearances, notably on Gina Thompsons The Things You Do, in which she displayed her infectious laughter and did a one-of-a-kind slide. That one caused people to start coming up to me on the street and say Aint you the Hee Ha girl?, she told imusic. They dont even know my name and theyll say, Hee Ha girl, do that slide across the floor.

Musto asked Elliott if she ever worried that her work as a label executive, songwriter and producer would distract her from making her own music. No, she replied, because I really enjoy writing and producing for other artists. Some people save their best songs for their own albums. Id rather give another artist one of my songs. At the end of the day, it still represents me.

Despite the fact that the world seemed to be waiting with baited breath, it took Elliott some time before she finally released the first CD of her own. I was not going to make a record just to make one, if you know what I mean, she told imusic. I wasnt going to do a record if I couldnt mix it up. The result was 1997s Supa Dupa Fly, a record critically praised as forging an innovative new direction for hip-hop. John Bartleson wrote that open-minded hip-hop heads may find Elliotts intelligent yet indulgent, anesthetized electro-funk flow a persuasive argument for the unification of rap and R&B. In The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), for example, she deliberately distanced herself from the violent themes that run through so much other hip-hop. I dont knock nobodys hustle, she told imusic, but everybody dont want to hear that. You get that on the news and it depresses you enough. Supa Dupa Fly ended up going platinum and receiving a Grammy nomination.

Her second album, Da Real World, had more of a street feel. It produced a controversial single, Shes a B****, a song which addressed her powerand attitudeas a woman. Music is a male-dominated field, Elliott explained to Musto. Women are not always taken as seriously as we should be, so sometimes we have to put our foot down. To other people, that may come across as being a b****, but its just knowing what we want and being confident. Da Real World also went platinum, and garnered both a Grammy nomination and three MTV Video Music awards.

Elliotts artistic success is reflected in the prices she is able to command for her services. She earns six-figure checks for single tracks, money she has used to buy three Mercedes Benzes, a Cadillac SUV, a Lexus, and a Jaguar XK8. She also lavishes gifts, including flowers, minks, and cash, on her mother with whom she remains very close. She was building a small mansion in Portsmouth for the two of them. She has invested part of her fortune in her own lipstick brand, Misdemeanor Lipstick, produced by a cosmetic company headed by former super-model Iman. Part of the profits from the product go to Break the Cycle, a group that helps victims of domestic violence.

While already spending mornings in meetings at her label and afternoons and evenings in the studio, Elliott intends to continue to expand her activities. She has begun doing ads for Gap and Sprite, makes TV appearances, and hopes to break into movies. It aint easy but Ive got goals in life. And Im going to step forth and do all of them, she told Morgan.

Selected discography

Solo

Supa Dupa Fly, East-West, 1997.

Da Real World, East-West, 1999.

With Sista

Brand New, Elektra, 1995.

Sources

Periodicals

Essence, March, 2000.

Interview, June, 1999.

Online

Missy Elliott, imusic, http://imusic.com/showcase/urban/missy.html (September 18, 2000).

Missy Elliott at Elektra Records, http://missy-elliott.com (September 18, 2000).

MTV Online, http://www.mtv.com/sendme.tin?page=/news/gallery/m/missyfeature99.html (September 18, 2000).

Evelyn Hauser

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