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Missy Elliott

Life & Work

Melissa Arnette Elliott (born 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), later known as Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, then only as Missy Elliott, is one of the first female hip hop superstars. She began her career in the late 1980s as a singer and songwriter with the R&B group Sista. The band soon moved to New York and, through DeVante Swing, signed a contract with the Elektra label. At this time, Elliott began to write songs for other artists. Together with her colleague and acquaintance Timbaland, she forms an independent songwriting and producer team that was responsible for a number of hits between 1995 and 1997, including "One In A Million" by Aaliyah. Elliott began her career as a solo artist in 1996 with a guest appearance on MC Lyte's single "Cold Rock A Party," produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs. Her debut album "Supa Dupa Fly" was released in mid-1997 and contains the blockbuster "Da Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", which established Elliott as a serious hit supplier. In 1998 she wrote and produced Total's single "Trippin '" and worked with various other hip-hop artists. In addition, she produces and sings the background voices for the debut single "I Want You Back" by ex-Spice girl Mel C. With "Da Real World" in 1999 Elliott seamlessly builds on the success of her debut album. On the 2001 released "Miss E ... So Addictive" many prominent rappers get together, including Jay-Z ("Get Ur Freak On"). The track "4 My People" becomes an international club hit. But Missy Elliott's biggest hit was “Work It” from the 2002 album “Under Construction”. In 2003 she can be heard on Wyclef Jeans single "Party To Damascus". Her sixth solo album "The Cookbook" hit record stores in 2005. The song "Lose Control" (with Ciara and Fatman Scoop) becomes a top ten hit.

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