Missy Elliott

May
17
Missy Elliott Takes Over Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott kicked off Billboard Music Awards weekend at Haze nightclub in Las Vegas. The hip-hop icon made a rare appearance at the ARIA hotel on Thursday night. She brought some rock star style to the red carpet in a red leather vest and pants, with her hair styled in a faux hawk.

Clubgoers were also treated to a high-energy performance from the five-time Grammy winner. With Rockwilder on the turntables, she performed her classics including “Lose Control” and “Work It.”

The crowd went wild when she hit the stage. “@MissyElliott just tore @HazeNightclub up! No1 does it like ME!!! Er performance energetic & head bangin!!! Hit after hit!!” tweeted one fan.

While we await new music from Missy, check out her artist Sharaya J performing her single “Banji” at The Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball.

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May
7
Missy Elliott Urges Toni Braxton to Return to Music

Toni Braxton dropped a bombshell when she said that she was done with music. In the weeks following her announcement, the R&B icon has received an outpouring of support from her peers. While hosting her sister Tamar’s Backyard Boogie Baby Shower at the Hotel Bel-Air, the oldest Braxton spoke out about her leave of absence from the industry.

“I’m kinda still on the done with music side, but we’ll see,” she told Rap-Up TV. “I haven’t done any recording, nothing in the studio.”

Some of her famous friends including Anita Baker, Babyface, and Missy Elliott have tried to encourage her to get back in the studio. “Missy called me. [She said], ‘I’ll be in town, come by, just come say hi,’” she shared. “They’re kinda tryna push me to do something. But I love them for that and it makes me feel so much better ’cause I don’t feel so alone.”

She’s not the only superstar who fell out of love with music. “Someone told me Barbra Streisand, who is like the queen bee, felt the same way, but she didn’t do it for 10 years,” said Toni.

Even if it takes that long, she sees the silver lining. “Maybe I’ll be a better singer ’cause I feel like Barbra got even better, so we’ll see.”

Apr
22
Rap-Up TV: Fantasia Wants Missy Elliott to Direct ‘Without Me’ Video

With her fourth album Side Effects of You in stores tomorrow, Fantasia is moving forward with plans for her next single, “Without Me” featuring Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland. During her interview with Rap-Up TV, the “American Idol” winner explained how the collaboration came together.

“Missy Elliott was the first person I thought about because we’re friends as well as we do business together,” she said of the hip-hop legend, who she met while working on her debut album Free Yourself. “And I knew that she would just lyrically kill the verse.”

After hearing Missy rhyme on J. Cole’s single “Nobody’s Perfect,” she reached out. “She just gave you that old Missy, so I called her and I was like, ‘Hey, I want that. Give me that vibe.’”

She also praised Kelly, who sings on the track. “Right now she’s doing her thing. We both kinda have that same story where you started from the bottom now you’re here,” she said. “She’s doing so well. She’s a strong black woman with strong black features, so I thought I can’t do this record with anybody else but Kelly and Missy.”

Fantasia is already planning a video, and wants Missy to direct it. “I want her to do the video for me. You look back at all her videos and they’re all amazing. She’s a genius. So me, her, and Kelly, we’re gonna get together and do this thing on our own.”

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Apr
12
New Music Premiere: Fantasia f/ Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott – ‘Without Me’

Without Me

Fantasia puts her man on blast on her new single “Without Me.” The “American Idol” champ calls on her pals Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott on the ladies’ anthem, helmed by Kyle Stewart, Harmony Samuels, Al Sherrod Lambert, Missy, and Fantasia.

“What would you be without me?” asks Fantasia, while Kelly adds her sultry vocals and Missy spits a hot verse.

“So Thankful For These Two Beautiful Ladies,” said Tasia. “We Created A Monster on this Album.. Missy is Going STUPID HARD ON THIS 1!!! OMG!!! Kells VOCALS On Here!! Cra!! Thanks to my BABIES.”

The collaboration can be found on Fantasia’s fourth album Side Effects of You, in stores April 23. Listen to snippets of the entire album.

Rap-Up.com has your first listen to “Without Me” below.

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Apr
4
Video: Little Mix f/ Missy Elliott – ‘How Ya Doin’?’

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott rings up her girlfriends from across the pond, Little Mix, in the playful video for their new single “How Ya Doin’?” The British girl group, who won the U.K.’s “X Factor” in 2011, gets dolled up before hitting the dance floor, while Missy makes an electrifying cameo in an orange studded tracksuit.

“We honestly can’t believe Missy is on our song! She’s been one of our biggest idols forever—it’s incredible,” Little Mix member Jesy Nelson told The Mirror. “As soon as we thought there might be a chance she’d appear on the track, we did literally everything we could to make sure it happened.”

The foursome is gearing up for the U.S. release of their debut DNA, which arrives on May 28 featuring a collaboration with TLC’s T-Boz.

Step into their colorful world below.

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Mar
27
New Music: Little Mix f/ Missy Elliott – ‘How Ya Doin’?’

Little Mix and Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott links up with her pals from across the pond, Little Mix, on their new single “How Ya Doin’?” The British girl group, who won the U.K.’s “X Factor” in 2011, rework De La Soul’s 1991 classic “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)” on the En Vogue-inspired jam.

“We honestly can’t believe Missy is on our song! She’s been one of our biggest idols forever—it’s incredible,” Little Mix member Jesy Nelson told The Mirror. “As soon as we thought there might be a chance she’d appear on the track, we did literally everything we could to make sure it happened.”

A video is also on the way. “Just watched the little mix video with missy Elliot. It is sensational,” tweeted Simon Cowell, who signed the foursome to his label Syco Records.

Now that they’ve conquered the U.K., the girls have set their sights on the U.S. The group’s debut DNA arrives stateside on May 28 featuring a collaboration with TLC’s T-Boz.

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Mar
15
Timbaland Celebrates Birthday with Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, & Missy Elliott

Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Monique Idlett

Timbaland celebrated his 41st birthday with some of his best friends. The super-producer dined at Memphis BBQ spot Southern Hospitality in New York City on Thursday night. The guest list for the black-tie bash included his wife Monique Idlett, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, and even Chelsea Clinton.

“Happy Birthday Bro we come from the Bottom together my Nig! *drakevoice* Love u may God Bless u 2 C many More Bdays!” tweeted Missy to her longtime collaborator.

Timbo is enjoying his resurgence with Justin Timberlake’s critically-acclaimed new album The 20/20 Experience, for which he produced all 10 tracks. He has also been in the studio with Chris Brown, working on his next album.

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