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In Focus: Missy Elliott


Few artists have had the cultural impact of visionary R&B rapper Missy Elliott.

Described to have brought an element of anything-goes playfulness back to hip-hop, her debut as Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott came on Supa Dupa Fly in 1997, and went platinum within two months. In 2001, the mainstream hit “Get Ur Freak On” won Elliott a Grammy in the category of Best Rap Solo Performance, followed by a second win in that category with ’Work It” a year later. By the end of the 2000s, she had also added a string of impressive production credits to her repertoire including Tweet’s “Oops (Oh My),” Ciara’s “1, 2 Step,” and Fantasia’s “Free Yourself”. Elliott shone bright for her larger-than-life personality, inimitable delivery and magnetic energy that reshaped the entirety of rap and R&B that followed her.