Ariana Grande’s fourth studio album is here, and the 25-year-old pop star has had a pretty tumultuous album cycle. She’s released three songs from it already: the omnipresent “No Tears Left To Cry,” plus “God Is A Woman” and the Nicki Minaj-featuring “The Light Is Coming.” … More »
Huff-puffing rap veteran Busta Rhymes has been collaborating with Missy Elliott for more than 20 years now, and the two appear together in a new Doritos commercial that’ll air during the Super Bowl. Good for them! They’ve also got a new song together. “Get It” is stuttery, athletic club-rap with impressive verses from both … More »
We are now at a point where there are commercials for commercials. A series of ads for Doritos and Mountain Dew featuring Missy Elliott coaching Morgan Freeman and Busta Rhymes coaching Peter Dinklage in a tongue twister battle will air during the Super Bowl on 2/4, and you can watch a teaser for those ads … More »
In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »
VH1 turned the clock back Monday in another nostalgic trek down memory lane for Hip-Hop Honors: The ’90s Game Changers. To kick off the show, Missy Elliott performed her 1999 hit, “She’s A Bitch,” complete with a stage recreation of the Hype Williams-directed music video. More »
In some of my darker moments from this past weekend, I had to wonder why anyone reads these festival recaps. Or, to clarify — why anyone would read a recap from a music critic, and thus, someone who likely feels the need to use them as a narrative device. We love these things, as it’s … More »
(AllHipHop Editorial) Why isn’t Missy Elliott considered the best female rapper of all time?
She’s one of the best ever, period, but she’s not mentioned enough. She’s clearly one of the best ever – of any gender. The Virginia native has the hits, the lyrics, the production skills, the longevity and overall swag. Moreover, she’s dope across the board.
Most people think of Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj or Foxy Brown (and others) when talking about the G.O.A.T. female emcee. If they know Hip-Hop, Rapsody, Rah Digga, Lady of Rage or Rah Digga (and others) will come up. And yet, Missy is often overlooked by the critical Hip-Hop community.
Here’s her new song, which I like lots.
However, we know (or should know) Missy has been around since the 1990’s and has put it down with her own blend of musicality and innovation. Lyrically, she has been very unconventional, but has never been wack.
Here are some of Missy’s greatest hits.