I remember the first time I saw Missy Elliot rap. It was on the Puff Daddy Remix for Gina Thompson’s “The Things You Do”.
She took the world by storm with that slide dance she must’ve learned from Ginuwine and that now iconic “HeeheeheeheeHow, HeeheeheeheeHow”.
Everyone was wondering who was this chick? Where is she from? How do I do that slide dance? Was she signed to Bad Boy? Is Puff gonna rob her too? The questions were endless, but we all wanted to hear her again.
Didn’t have too wait long. Puff did another remix, this time for New Edition on the Bobby Brown featured “You Don’t have to Worry”. This time she hit us with a little bit of her vocal skills to along with the “HeeheeheeheeHow”…
Good Lord, was this Video Jukebox? Wooooow……
After saving Aaliyah’s career with her producer pal Timbaland, we found out she was putting her own album together and the world was giddy to see what came of it.
What we got was one of the most innovative hip-hop/R&B albums ever made.
“Supa Dupa Fly” was released in 1997 and gave us a sound we’d never heard before. She blended her crazy lyrics over Tim’s staccato beats and showed she really had some vocal skills.
Not only that, her wild and imaginative videos changed the way people did their clips.
One of my favorite songs and video was “Sock it to Me” featuring Da Brat.
Missy showed she wasn’t just a rapper, she was a legit vocalist. The Megaman video game theme took us all back to our Nintendo, blow in the cartridge days. Love this….
17 years later, this song still goes hard! Tragic Johnson Salute to Missy Elliot
– N.D. Face