Missy Elliott
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Missy Elliott

Famous As
R&B singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer
Birth Name
Melissa Arnette Elliott
Birth Date
Jul 1, 1971
Birth Place
Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
Missy Elliott Biography

Cooperated with The Chrysler Group to support the launching of its Jeep Commander, Missy Elliott once again has confirmed her status as one of the most celebrated female artists in the world. This merely was an addition to what the African-American rapper had accomplished during the year of 2005, which among others include six MTV Music Award nominations as well as the glorious success of her sixth album, “The Cookbook” (2005). The latter even has soared to the 2nd rank at both Billboard's Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Charts while sold more than 170,000 copies after one week being released. Conclusively, it had been a distinct proof that Elliott still maintains her skillful touch to create an exceptional work of music.

Born as Melissa Arnette Elliott on July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S., little Missy experienced a gloomy childhood for she grew up with an abusive father. During this time, she often witnessed his ill treatment toward her mother, leading her to seek solace by imagining herself as a performer. Unable to bear her husband's torment, the mother finally decided to leave and took her only daughter along, raising the little child on her own. Getting inspired by her mother's courage and independence to start anew, Missy determined to materialize her dream of becoming a formidable artist. Together with LaShawn Shellman, Chonita Coleman and Radiah Scott, she established an R&B group called Sista in the late 1980s.

After asking her friend named Timothy Mosley to be the group's producer, she and the other personnel succeeded to draw the attention of DeVante Swing. A music producer as well as a member of Jodeci, DeVante then signed the group under his label, Swing Mob Records, in 1991. However, the company later came to its collapse before Sista could even produce an album. Refusing to give up, Missy kept moving forward, accompanied by Mosley who had changed his name to Timbaland. They afterwards teamed up as an independent producer and songwriter, creating hit singles for various artists from 1995 to 1997. Among those, their most significant work was on Aaliyah's second album entitled “One in a Million” (1996) which earned huge success, boosting Alliyah's career.

During this particular period, she used her time to make collaborations with other artists, including Gina Thompson. Her peculiar rap in Thompson's “The Things You Do,” enhanced by her flourishing status as a capable songwriter, had impressed several recording companies. Receiving some offers of record deal, she eventually signed with Elektra Records which was willing to support the establishment of her own label, Gold Mine. With Timbaland as the co-producer, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott went to solo career by releasing “Supa Dupa Fly” in 1997. To her delight, this debut album scored tremendous attainment, reaching number 3 at Billboard 200 Album Chart while going Platinum. This, unquestionably, led her to fame and also made her gained numerous fans worldwide.

As her popularity grew stronger, Missy was busily involved in other artists' projects, such as Mel B of the Spice Girls, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Total. In spite of the hectic activities, she continued to collect materials for her sophomore album. The result was “Da Real World” which came up in 1999. Featuring notable artists, like Eminem, Lil' Kim, Aaliyah, and Beyoncé Knowles, the album scored another success for Missy. Three out of 17 tracks, namely "She's A Bitch", "Hot Boyz", and "All N My Grill," made their ways to enter the Top 40 of Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Striving to the 10th rank of The Billboard 200, “Da Real World” made Missy received Platinum for the second time.

Going through the same cycle in collaborating with other artists, Missy launched “Miss E... So Addictive” in 2001. This particular album took great notice for its significant track entitled "Get Ur Freak On" was the one that directed her to win Best Rap Solo Performance at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards. Furthermore, it became extremely popular after being remixed and was included in the soundtrack of the 2001 blockbuster movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” In the following year, the album's another track, “Scream a.k.a. Itchin'” brought Missy to earn one more Grammy Award for the same category. During this time, she joined with Timbaland to help composing Tweet's debut single “Oops (Oh My)” which turned out to be a huge hit.

Missy created sensation in 2002 when she released her fourth album “Under Construction.” The album appeared to surpass its predecessors by having a magnificent sale of over 2.1 million copies in U.S. only, therefore went two times Platinum. With hit singles, like “Pussycat”, “Gossip Folks”, and “Work It”, the album has become her best selling album to date. The latter track was the most successful one as it topped Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks; at the same time secured the 2nd rank of The Billboard Hot 100. Through this song, Missy obtained her third Grammy Award in 2003, being the Best Rap Solo Performance. In the meantime, she dropped "Misdemeanor" from her name and simply used Missy Elliott to address herself.

Her next album, “This Is Not A Test!” was released in November 2003. Although not as sensational as the previous album, it indeed scored some memorable hits, such as “Pass That Dutch” and “I'm Really Hot.” After nearly two years, she finally came up with “The Cookbook.” A work of pure artistic innovation, the album contained what she has described as “no artificial flavor.” Beyond her career as a singer, rapper, talent scout, songwriter, and record producer, Missy has appeared in some national advertisements of The Gap, MAC Cosmetics and Vanilla Coke. In addition, she also established a joint venture with Adidas to produce clothing line, accessories, and shoes under the name of Respect Me. Being successful with her television show, “The Road to Stardom With Missy Elliott” (2005), she is really one good role model as she always aims to get the best result in her life.