3/26/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: Missy Elliott

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Melissa Arnette “Missy” Elliott is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer with childhood friend and producer Timbaland. 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 by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction. Elliott is also known for a series of hits and diverse music videos, including The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), Hot Boyz, Get Ur Freak On, Work It, and the Grammy award-winning video for Lose Control. 


Elliott’s fourth album, 2002’s Under Construction is known as the best selling female rap album with 2.1 million copies sold in the United States.Elliott released two singles off of Under Construction. The lead single, Work It reached #2 on Billboard ’​s Hot 100 chart and won the Video of the Year award at MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Work It


Missy Elliott released Miss E… So Addictive in 2001. The album spawned the massive pop and urban hits One Minute Man, featuring Ludacris and Trina, and Get Ur Freak On.

One Minute Man [featuring Ludacris]


In 2002, Elliott won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for Get Ur Freak On

Get Ur Freak On


The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) is a 1997 hit song recorded by American rapper Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. It was written and composed by Don Bryant, Bernard “Bernie” Miller, Elliott, and producer Timbaland for her debut album Supa Dupa Fly.

The Rain [Supa Dupa Fly]


The video for Lose Control was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards, including Breakthrough Video, Best Direction in a Video, Best Choreography in a Video and Best Special Effects in a Video. It went on to win two, Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Dance Video. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, while the song itself received a nomination for Best Rap Song. The video won Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards

Lose Control

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