Biography, works and achievement of missy elliot
Melissa Arnette Elliott born July 1, 1971 is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist. She embarked on her music career with all-female R&B group Sista in the early-mid 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland , with whom she worked on projects for Aaliyah , 702 , Total , and SWV . Following several collaborations and guest appearances, she launched her solo career on July 15, 1997 with her debut album Supa Dupa Fly , which spawned the top 20 single ” Sock It 2 Me”. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 , the highest charting debut for a female rapper at the time.
Elliott’s second album, Da Real World , was released on June 22, 1999, and produced the singles ” She’s a Bitch”, ” All n My Grill “, and top five hit “Hot Boyz.” The remix of the latter song broke the record for most weeks at number-one on the US R&B chart on the issue dated January 15, 2000; as well as spending 18 weeks at number one on the Hot Rap Singles chart, from December 4, 1999, to March 25, 2000. With the release of Miss E… So Addictive (2001), Under Construction (2002), and This Is Not a Test (2003), Elliott established an international career that yielded hits including ” Get Ur Freak On ,” ” One Minute Man ,” “4 My People ,” “Gossip Folks,” and ” Work It .” The latter won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance . Elliott went on to win four Grammy Awards and sell over 30 million records in the United States. She is the best-selling female rapper in Nielsen Music history, according to Billboard in 2017. In 2019, she became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and received the MTV VMAs Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her impact on the music video landscape.
Melissa Arnette Elliott was born on July 1, 1971, at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia . She is the only child of mother Patricia Elliott, a power-company dispatcher, and father Ronnie, a former U.S. Marine. Elliott grew up in an active church choir family, and singing was a normal part of her youth. At the age of four, she wanted to be a performer, and, as biographer Veronica A. Davis writes, she “would sing and perform for her family”. In later years, she feared no one would take her seriously, because she was always the class clown . While her father was an active Marine, the family lived in Jacksonville, North Carolina , in a manufactured home community. Elliott blossomed during this part of her life. She enjoyed school for the friendships that she formed even though she had little interest in schoolwork. She would later get well above average marks on intelligence tests, and she was advanced two years ahead of her former class. Her move in grades caused isolation, and she purposely failed, eventually returning to her previous class. When her father returned from the Marines, they moved back to Virginia, where they lived in extreme poverty. Life in Virginia saw many hardships. Elliott talks about domestic abuse by her father. She refused to stay over at friends homes out of fear that on her return home she would find her mother dead. When Elliott was eight, she was molested by a cousin. In one violent incident, Ronnie Elliott dislocated his wife’s shoulders and during another, Elliott herself was threatened with a gun. At the age of fourteen, Elliott’s mother decided to end the situation and fled with her daughter on the pretext of taking a joyride on a local bus. In reality, the pair had found refuge at a family member’s home where their possessions were stored in a loaded U-Haul truck.  Elliott tells her that she feared her father would kill them both for leaving.
She later stated, “When we left, my mother realized how strong she was on her own, and it made me strong. It took her leaving her home to be able to realize that.” Elliott and her mother lived in the Hodges Ferry neighborhood of Portsmouth, Virginia . Elliott graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1990.
In 1991, Elliott formed an all female R&B group, called Fayze (later renamed Sista), with friends La’Shawn Shellman, Chonita Coleman, and Radiah Scott. She recruited her neighborhood friend Timothy Mosley (Timbaland) as the group’s producer and began making demo tracks, among them included the 1991 promo “First Move”. Later in 1991, Fayze caught the attention of Jodeci member and producer DeVante Swing by performing Jodeci songs a cappella for him backstage after one of his group’s concerts. In short order, Fayze moved to New York City and signed to Elektra Records through DeVante’s Swing Mob imprint and also renaming the group Sista. Sista’s debut song was titled “Brand New”, which was released in 1993 Elliott took Mosley whom DeVante re-christened Timbaland and their friend Melvin “Magoo” Barcliff along with her. All 20-plus members of the Swing Mob among them future stars such as Ginuwine , Playa , and Tweet lived in a single two-story house in New York and were often at work on material both for Jodeci and their own projects. While Elliott wrote and rapped on Raven-Symoné ‘s 1993 debut single, ” That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of “, she also contributed, credited and uncredited, to the Jodeci albums Diary of a Mad Band (1993) and The Show, the After Party, the Hotel (1995). Timbaland and DeVante jointly produced a Sista album, entitled 4 All the Sistas Around da World (1994). Elliott met R&B artist Mary J. Blige while Blige was in sessions for her second album My Life. Though videos were released for the original and remix versions of the single “Brand New”, the album was shelved and never released. One of the group’s tracks, “It’s Alright” featuring Craig Mack did however make the cut on thesoundtrack of the 1995 motion picture Dangerous Minds but by the end of 1995, Swing Mob had folded and many of its members dispersed. Elliott, Timbaland, Magoo, Ginuwine, and Playa remained together and collaborated on each other’s records for the rest of the decade as the musical collective The Superfriends.
Elliott began collaborating with other very popular artists in the late 1990s, including R&B and pop sensation Aaliyah (pictured in 2000). After leaving Swing Mob, Elliott and Timbaland worked together as a songwriting/production team, crafting tracks for acts including SWV , 702 , and most notably Aaliyah . The pair wrote and produced nine tracks for Aaliyah’s second album, One in a Million (1996), among them the hit singles ” If Your Girl Only Knew “, ” One in a Million “, “Hot Like Fire”, and ” 4 Page Letter “. Elliott contributed background vocals and/or guest raps to nearly all of the tracks on which she and Timbaland worked. One in a Million went double platinum and made stars out of the production duo. Elliott and Timbaland continued to work together for other artists, later creating hits for artists such as
Elliott began her career as a featured vocalist rapping on Sean “Puffy” Combs ‘s Bad Boy remixes to Gina Thompson ‘s “The Things That You Do “, (which had a video featuring cameo appearances by Notorious B.I.G and Puff Daddy), MC Lyte ‘s 1996 hit single ” Cold Rock a Party” (backup vocals by Gina Thompson), and New Edition ‘s 1996 single ” You Don’t Have to Worry “. In 1996, Elliott also appeared on the Men of Vizion’s remix of “Do Thangz” which was produced by Rodney Jerkins (coincidentally the producer of the original version of “The Things That You Do “).
Combs had hoped to sign Elliott to his Bad Boy record label. Instead, she signed a deal in 1996 to create her own imprint, The Goldmind Inc. , with East West Records, which at that time was a division of Elektra Entertainment Group, for which she would record as a solo artist. Timbaland was again recruited as her production partner, a role he would hold on most of Elliott’s solo releases. Missy continued to work with other artists.
Although a much darker album than her debut, Elliott’s second album was just as successful as the first, selling 1.5 million copies and 3 million copies worldwide. She remarked, “I can’t even explain the pressure. The last album took me a week to record. This one took almost two months…I couldn’t rush it the second time because people expect more.” Da Real World (1999) included the singles ” All n My Grill “, a collaboration with Nicole Wray and Big Boi (from OutKast ), a remix to “Hot Boyz” and ” She’s a Bitch”. Also in 1999, Elliott was featured, alongside Da Brat, on the official remix to a Mariah Carey single ” Heartbreaker “.
Throughout 2013, Missy Elliott was featured on Eve’s album cut “Wanna Be,” as well as international artists singles, Little Mix’s “How Ya Doin’? ” and “NiLiria” with K-pop musician G-Dragon , which was named by Complex magazine as one of the “50 Best Songs of 2013”. Elliott also contributed to her protégée Sharaya J ‘s two releases, “Banji” and “Smash Up The Place/Snatch Yo Wigs”. In December 2013, Elliott received a Grammy nomination with Fantasia and Kelly Rowland for their song ” Without Me”.
In 2015, Missy Elliott performed at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show with Katy Perry. Elliott performed a medley of “Get Ur Freak On”, “Work It”, and “Lose Control”. The performance was well-received, and boosted digital sales of Elliott’s work that week, with a twenty-five-fold increase in album sales (to 2,000 units) and a ten-fold increase in sales of the three songs she performed (to 71,000 units) compared to the week before. It also became the most watched Super Bowl halftime show in NFL history, receiving 118.5 million viewers in the United States.
In July 2018, Missy Elliott teased fans by appearing on a snippet nicknamed “ID” by Skrillex , a release date for the single has yet to be announced. One month later, Elliott appeared on the Ariana Grande number “Borderline”, taken from the singer’s fourth studio album Sweetener (2018). In October 2018, Elliott announced that she is working on her new album, which would be released in 2019. On March 20, 2019, Lizzo released a collaboration with Elliott titled “Tempo”. In April 2019 Elliott took to Instagram stating “I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood ‘Keep On Moving’ I’m about to show y’all I’m on some next ish.” She announced Iconology on August 22, several hours before its release.
Elliott has said that she wants to start a family, but she is afraid of giving birth. She stated, “I don’t know if I can take that kind of pain [of Labor Maybe in the year 2020 you could just pop a baby out and it’d be fine. But right now I’d rather just adopt .
Missy Elliott’s experimental concepts in her music videos changed the landscape of what a hip-hop video had as themes at the time. Her catalogue of songs have included themes of feminism , gender equality , body positivity and sex positivity since the beginning of her career, being one of the first to center on these topics among hip-hop and R&B performers.