Out of the musical fog created by bombastic belters, svelte sirens, and funkless divas, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has emerged as a human wake-up call, a real-deal bundle of sass and style who does things her way.
The pleasingly plumpish star emanates genuine girl power with her distinctly female protestations about the resistance women face when they're confident and successful (which she is).
Women are not always taken as seriously as we should be, so sometimes we have to put our foot down.
To other people that may come across as being a bitch, but it's just knowing what we want and being confident. ELLIOTT: For a guy, though, it's just considered aggressive. But I've heard that people talk that way about Chaka Khan.
She's notoriously independent, and it shows in her original, often eclectic aesthetic both musically and visually (she won the Grammy for short-form music video for "Work It" in 2004).
the one and only Misdemeanor has something new in the works. We have the game-changer right there," he said of the first single.
And with her unconventional approach and severe distaste for BS, she's probably da realest girl in da biz right now.
MICHAEL MUSTO: Tell me about your new song, "She's a Bitch." MISSY ELLIOTT: Music is a male-dominated field.
A., before Beyoncé struck out on her own, Missy Elliott was spitting lines that rivaled the wit of collaborators like Ludacris and Q-Tip.If I'm paying people and they're not handling my business right, I have to check them. And Aretha Franklin: If it was cold in the studio, she'd put the mike down and leave.In '97, the Portsmouth, Va.-born ex-choir singer, née Melissa, released her smash debut, (Elektra), featuring guest stars Eminem, Aaliyah, and Destiny's Child, and the single "She's a Bitch," an answer to all the name-calling that greets her type of ambition.A more accurate epithet would be the distaff Quincy Jones—she's a bitch of a talent.
"It's something you ain't never heard Missy do." Timbalandnée Timothy Mosley—hasn't revealed the timeline for Elliott's latest, but assures us it's coming.
Meanwhile, we've dug out this 1999 interview from the archives, where Missy explains to Michael Musto that she's shy—no, really! No matter the subject, from the role of women in music and fashion to comments about her weight, she's refreshingly blunt, speaking with a candor rivaled only by her lyrics.