Missy Elliott took to VH1’s Hip Hop Honors stage last night celebrating ‘The 90s Game Changers,’ where she performed her 1999 single “She’s A Bitch.”
Dressed in an all-black latex ensemble in homage to the song’s original music video, directed by Hype Williams, Elliott was surrounded by masked, latex-clad dancers and a pool of water that aided some intense splash choreography.
The night was hosted by Girls Trip actor Regina Hall and celebrated the iconic people and moments of that memorable decade (as well as paying a special tribute to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma). In addition to Elliott, Remy Ma, Mariah Carey, Lil’ Kim and Ty Dolla $ign performed.
Here’s the original 1999 “She’s A Bitch” music video.
Missy Elliott is the cover star for Elle’s June ‘Women in Music’ issue, looking absolutely fly in Marc Jacobs’ Fall 17 hip-hop influenced collection.
It’s not the first time the iconic pair have collaborated: Elliott starred in Jacobs’ incredible Fall 16 campaign with Susan Sarandon, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson.
Jacobs’ showed his excitement about the hip-hop legend donning his pieces for her big comeback cover:
Elliott hasn’t released a full album since 2005, though she released a new music video for the song “I’m Better” in January – and if her cover slot for Elle is any indication, our dreams might come true that a new mixtape could unexpectedly drop this summer.
Check out her latest vid below:
Interestingly enough, another musical majesty today announced her Elle UK cover – so, something to consider:
“Where they from?” hip-hop royalty Missy Elliott interrogates in her Pharrell-produced comeback single, “WTF,” calling out all the names that comfortably rose to fame in her absence. It’s a fair question to ask, coming from the woman who delivered iconic cuts like 2002’s “Work It” and 2005’s “Lose Control”—two tracks that helped unite the once disparate worlds of hip-hop and pop, making it easier for someone like Nicki Minaj to break into Top 40.
In a new interview with Billboard, Elliott fuels the blazing fire first sparked by “WTF” when rap contemporary Minaj is brought up in conversation:
When asked about Nicki Minaj, who is clearly influenced by Elliott, she mock-innocently replies, “Oh, she is?” (Speaking to her influence generally, she adds, “Unfortunately, breaking news, there is only one Missy.”)
Though this was a sly diss true to Misdemeanor’s signature nonchalance, Elliott has given praise to the emcee in past interviews, previously telling New York Magazine that “Nicki makes rapping fun again.” In Billboard, she also reflects on when she was coming up in the industry, acknowledging all the female MCs that were dominating the scene: Lil’ Kim, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Foxy Brown and Trina. “There’s room for so many, she said. “It’s important.” Watch “WTF (Where They From),” below:
Over Labor Day weekend, Missy Elliott made a surprise appearance at a Timbaland show in Miami, and in the midst of energetic performance of some of her biggest hits ("Get Ur Freak On," "Lose Control," etc.), she gave us a brief preview of two new tracks with Timbo, "Triple Threat" and "9th Inning." Well, now we have studio versions of those tracks, and there’s hopefully more to look forward to.
"Triple Threat," with its stammering beat and trance-inducing chorus, is catchy, and it’s nice to hear Timbaland and Missy Elliott back together again, but the song weighs a bit too heavily on Tim. Missy’s verses have a bit more power, but we definitely did a spittake when she referred to her and Tim as "the new Ike and Tina" — that goes in the Crazytown Memorial Vault of Troubling Musical/Romantic Partnership Metaphors. On the muscular "9th Inning," the stronger track of the two, the interplay feels more balanced. Either way, hopefully there’s more new music to come from the pair, and a release date of Missy’s long-awaited Block Party (or whatever it may be called now) can’t be far behind. Have a listen to both new tracks below.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Missy Elliott and her longtime collaborator/producer Timbaland would be releasing albums around the same time in June of 2012. That didn’t happen, much to our dismay, but Tim’s Shock Value III and a new album from Elliott are both expected to drop before year’s end, and hopefully, soon. After a Twitter announcement from Timbaland that Missy Elliott would drop two new tracks over Labor Day weekend, she took the stage with him at Fontainebleau’s BleauLive over the weekend for part of the set.
The Source posted the clip of Elliott performing two new songs, "Triple Threat" and "9th Inning," as well as a predictably ecstatic "Get Ur Freak On" and bouncing "Lose Control.’ The video isn’t top quality so the new material is tough to hear at times, but the beat is catchy and the crowd seems like they’re really into it. If she brings this kind of energy to all her new stuff, we are in for many good times ahead. Studio versions of the tracks are expected to hit the airwaves soon.
In addition to songs old and new, Elliott also took the opportunity to offer a prayer for Chris Lighty, a hip-hop industry icon who passed last week, and his family.
In case you haven’t heard by now, it sounds like Drake is going to serve as the executive producer of Aaliyah’s forthcoming posthumous album. Using previously unreleased Baby Girl vocals, Drizzy has quite the task ahead of him. He needs to do everything he can to honor the legacy of Aaliyah and create an album that’s worthy of being placed next to the stuff she put out before her untimely death in 2001.
But, that’s not all. He also needs to do it while many of Aaliyah’s biggest fans criticize the fact that Timbaland and Missy Elliott aren’t the executive producers on the project. After all, they were largely responsible for much of her success, so why weren’t they picked to produce her posthumous album? That’s what they’re both wondering—and what we’re sure many of you are wondering, too.
Old and new will be battling it out for command of audiences at this year’s Rock The Bells Festival, which announced a formidable lineup for dates in San Bernadino, Calif. (Aug. 18th and 19th), Mountain View, Calif. (Aug. 25th and 26th) and Holmdel, New Jersey (Sept. 1st and 2nd). Tickets go on presale Friday and general sale Saturday, May 19th.
Composer and member of the Wu-Tang Clan RZA and festival regular Supernatural share hosting duties while the likes of fellow veterans Nas, Ice Cube, E-40, Too $hort, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Prodigy will top the bill. Relative newcomers performing at the festival include Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, 2 Chainz, Yelawolf and Tyga.
Among the most exciting acts are Missy Elliott, making her live-performance comeback following the release of her first album in seven years, Block Party, in June, along with her longtime musical sidekick Timbaland in a joint performance. Method Man and Redman will unite to perform Blackout in its entirety, not the first time the festival has seen well-established rappers perform their most iconic works (Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Nas’s Illmatic being among them).
All five original members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will perform together for the first time in nearly 20 years to perform their standout album, E. 1999 Eternal, as well as a tribute to the late Eazy-E. Well, the news of a Bone Thugs reunion is as good of a time as any to revisit Bone Pugz-N-Harmony’s classic rendition of "1st of Tha Month." Enjoy.
Music lovers yearning for good news about resurging late ’90s/early ’00s hip-hop and R&B performers, rejoice. This is your week. First, Brandy and Monica released "It All Belongs to Me," their first single together since 1998’s "The Boy Is Mine," and now Missy Elliott and Timbaland will be releasing albums at the same time in June of 2012. In the past, collaborations between the two have produced hip-hop gold, from "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" to "Get Ur Freak On." More recently, they united for "All Night Long," a track by ex-Disney teen pop star Demi Lovato.
Elliott’s album, Block Party, is her first since 2005’s The Cookbook. An earlier version was set for a 2008 release but was scrapped due to a few logistical problems, including tracks leaking on the Internet. Tim’s last effort, a 2009 follow-up to smash collaboration-heavy album Shock Value, was met with mixed reviews.
Timbaland told MTV he and Elliott are working on their first music videos from their respective albums shot at the same time. As he said in the interview, "I just don’t want to move too ahead of her and she don’t want to move too ahead of me. So we’re both doing it at the same time."
Watch Timbaland talking about his and Missy E.’s albums in an MTV interview here:
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● Missy Elliott and her long time partner in crime, Timbaland, are set to release albums simultaneously this June. “I just don’t want to move too ahead of her and she don’t want to move too ahead of me,” explains Timbo. “We want to do it as a movement and spontaneously.” [MTV]
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