Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Hip-hop emcee and R&B songwriter Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become one of the most esteemed figures in contemporary American music, providing material for artists including MC Lyte, Adina Howard, and Jodeci, as well as working as an arranger, producer, talent scout, and record executive. She first performed as part of a neighborhood singing group, Sista, which was signed by DeVante DeGrate from Jodeci in 1992 to Capitol/EMI Records. She was already writing with her long-time collaborator Tim Mosley, aka Timbaland, and with Sista's career terminally stalled since DeVante would not release any of its recordings, she concentrated on songwriting and production.
Her distinctive hee-haw rhyme on Gina Thompson's "The Things You Do" brought her wider exposure and several offers from record companies. Fiercely independent and ambitious, she signed to Elektra Records as a solo artist on the understanding that they would subsidize her own label, which became the Gold Mind. In 1997, she launched her solo career with the album "Supa Dupa Fly" and its lead single "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)".
The well-connected singer was provided with immediate exposure for the song via rotation play of its Hype Williams-directed video on MTV. Co-produced with long-time collaborator Timbaland and producer DJ Magic, the album received excellent reviews, although she was reluctant to commit herself fully to a career as a performer because she didn't want to get caught up and be an artist always on the go. She felt that it was hard to get into the studio once you commit to that kind of venture. The album also featured cameo appearances from Aaliyah and Busta Rhymes, for whom she has written songs. Despite her growing reputation and success, Elliott remained based in her hometown in Virginia.
In September 1998, she collaborated with Melanie Brown from the Spice Girls on the one-off single "I Want You Back," which debuted at number 1 in the UK chart. Further writing and remixing work for Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson followed, although Elliott found time in her busy schedule to release her excellent sophomore album, "Da Real World," in July 1999. Incredibly, Elliott and Timbaland managed to surpass this with the follow-up "Miss E ... So Addictive," a stunning compendium of contemporary hip-hop and dance beats, urban ballads, and left-field samples that was instantly hailed as one of the finest albums of the new millennium.
Also an R&B singer-songwriter, hip-hop emcee, producer, and record label executive.
Started off her career as the lead singer of Sista, who pinned its only hit, "Brand Nu" (1994). The group was founded by then-mentor DeVante DeGrate of the R&B group Jodeci. The group parted ways shortly afterward.
Owns a mansion in Virgina Beach, Virginia.
1998: Wrote, produced and performed on "I Want You Back," the début solo single of Spice Girl Melanie Brown. The song went straight in at #1 on the UK charts.
Is a huge fan of Björk.
Owns an electric-blue Lamborghini, a Phantom. and a Ferrari.
Loves going to the zoo.
Has over 2,000 pairs of sneakers.
Her favorite 'cheesy' movie is The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).
Her favorite karaoke song is Sheena Easton's "Sugar Walls.".
Mentions Lauryn Hill in the song "The Rain" from her album "Supa Dupa Fly" in the line "Begin, I sit on hills like Lauryn.".
I'd stand on the side of the road when I was just a little girl singing on trash cans. People would roll down their windows saying, "Isn't she cute?". I had a vivid imagination. I always pretended it was some big stage. At family picnics they'd put me on the table and I'd just start singing.
The double chin's not good for the red carpet.
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