Missy Elliott

Oct
19
Missy Elliott Debates New Album Title

Missy Elliott

On the 15th anniversary of her debut Supa Dupa Fly, Missy Elliott sat down with Fuse to reminisce about her groundbreaking album and the iconic video for “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).”

“Everything about it. You hadn’t heard it before,” said Missy of the 1997 project, which took two weeks to record. “Even the rap flows was different. I think it was 10 years ahead, 15 years ahead [of its time].”

Looking back, she’s proud of her work. “I’m probably more in awe with it now than I was then.”

She dropped her two new singles “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat” last month, but she has yet to decide on a title for her seventh album. While she was choosing between Block Party and Class Dismissed, one fan suggested a third title, Class in Session.

“Somebody said Class Dismissed sounds like class is over. Class in Session sounds like you’re taking people to school. I gotta figure it out,” she said.

During a Ustream session, she revealed that she has a “fun, party record” featuring Lil’ Kim and Eve. When asked if the album will contain a 2012 version of “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix),” she responded, “Great possibility.”

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Oct
14
Alicia Keys, Brandy, Ciara, Missy Elliott, & Keyshia Cole Celebrate Women at ‘Black Girls Rock!’

Ciara and Missy Elliott

It was ladies’ night as BET presented its annual “Black Girls Rock!” celebration at the Loews Paradise Theatre in New York City on Saturday. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King, the star-studded affair honored the achievements of women of color with heartfelt performances, tributes, and special awards. This year’s honorees included Dionne Warwick (Living Legend Award), Alicia Keys (Rock Star Award), and Janelle Monáe (Young, Gifted, & Black Award).

Ciara thrilled with some new moves and new material off her upcoming album One Woman Army, and was joined by Missy Elliott for “1, 2 Step.” Brandy delivered a knock-out performance of “Wildest Dreams,” and Keyshia Cole tore the house down with her new single “Trust and Believe” off her upcoming album Woman to Woman.

Alicia ignited the stage with her female anthem “Girl on Fire,” while Luke James, Anthony Hamilton, and Eric Benét serenaded the ladies with “Wildflower.”

“Black Girls Rock!” premieres Sunday, November 4, on BET.

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Sep
26
Ester Dean Enlists Missy Elliott for First Single

Ester Dean

Ester Dean has written for megastars including Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, and now she’s calling on one of her own musical inspirations. The platinum hitmaker has collaborated with Missy Elliott on the first single off her upcoming debut.

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Sep
19
Missy Elliott Weighs In on Lil’ Kim-Nicki Minaj Feud

Missy Elliott

During Missy Elliott’s seven-year absence from hip-hop, a lot has happened. Upon her return this week, she was asked to weigh in on many hot topics including the ongoing beef between Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj. The rap veteran didn’t choose sides, instead calling for unity amongst her peers.

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Sep
19
Missy Elliott Talks New Album, Remembers Chris Lighty on ‘106 & Park’

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott received a warm welcome when she returned to “106 & Park” minus her partner-in-rhyme Timbaland, who was stuck in traffic. Decked out in a spike-covered jacket, Misdemeanor chatted about her new singles “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat” and upcoming album.

“Missy then was 10 years ahead and Missy now is 10 years ahead, so nothing’s really changed as far as Missy is concerned,” she told Rocsi. “I’m futuristic. I’ma bring 2050 in the year 2012.”

For the new project, the dynamic duo returned to Virginia, where they recorded Missy’s 1997 debut Supa Dupa Fly. “People be like, ‘Welcome back. We glad you back,’” said Missy. “This will say we never left. This album is crazy! There’s nothing like it.”

She also shared memories of her late friend and manager Chris Lighty. “Words can’t describe this man. He was a go-getter,” she said of the Violator founder. “He wanted to see all of us make it and be successful. He built so many careers, not just Missy Elliott. There was Busta, there was LL, there was 50—so many, Mariah.”

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Sep
18
Missy Elliott Teases Collaboration with Lil’ Kim and Eve

Sandra Denton, Eve, Lil' Kim, and Missy Elliott

With her two new singles “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat” heating up the airwaves, Missy Elliott jumped right into promotional duties for her upcoming album. In addition to making the radio rounds, Missy and Timbaland took questions from fans during a Ustream session. She revealed that she is debating between two album titles, Class Dismissed and Block Party, and that she has recorded a collaboration with Lil’ Kim and Eve.

Plus, find out what happened to the “Pussycat” remix with Janet Jackson and why it took the dynamic duo so long to return.

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Sep
17
Missy Elliott and Timbaland Sound Off on Drake-Aaliyah Collaboration

Missy Elliott and Timbaland

While promoting her new singles, Missy Elliott was bombarded with questions about the posthumous Aaliyah album. She and Timbaland shared their thoughts on Drake’s role and why they won’t be involved.

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