Happy 44th Birthday, Melissa Arnette AKA “Missy” Elliott
(born July 1, 1971)
Singer, songwriter, rapper , record producer and actress. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood friend and producer Timothy Mosley ” Timbaland’ on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total and SWV. As a a record producer she worked with Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Beyonce and Ciara! The catalog of her work is extensive and impressive, from a girl who grew up from an abusive home and humble beginnings in Virginia.
She was a part of the Swing mob that included many members like: Timbaland, Magoo, Ginuwine, Tweet & Playa, they remained together and collaborated on each other’s records for the rest of the decade.
In the late 1990s, Elliott expanded her career as a solo artist and rapper, eventually winning five Grammy Awards and selling over 30 million records in the United States. Missy had the world hooked with her unique style and flava, that was so innovative and different, Especially her strange videos that included the latest in visual technology. Her dance routines were the best we’d seen in years that represented the deep roots of hip hop. Ladies everywhere loved her strong messages and watched her become a female mogul in the music industry.
Missy Elliot is definitely a woman who has overcome many challenges from her troubled childhood, health issues, industry barriers and battles within herself. Her rise to fame and success is undisputed due to her talent in every area in music as a lyricist and producer who has helped many of your favorite music legends in the game, become who they are today.
She has also made guest appearances in Movies such as Pootie Tang and Honey where she played herself and in many Television shows as well.
I was fortunate enough to watch her live in the 2004 “First Lady’s Tour” and excited for her upcoming Performance at 2015 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.
Missy is due to release her latest project along side Pharrell Williams, that is expected to be Epic , as if we would expect anything less from Misdemeanor.
Today we salute the eccentric and amazing Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot on her 44th Birthday!
Listen out for special Missy mixes all day on Boom 92 – Jessica ‘Boom Juice Crew’