Is Missy Elliot cooking up new music since her last album The Cookbook almost a decade ago? Word on the street is that the fabulously unpredictable emcee/producer is working with her long-time partner Timbaland to create a whole new futuristic sound.
“It’s coming,” Timbaland told Rolling Stone. “It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun. We have the game-changer right there,” he says.
For the young’ns, basically before Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea were a twinkle in anyone’s eye, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot ruled the rap scene. She and childhood friend Timbaland dominated airwaves in the late 1990s on into the turn of the century. Catchy, memorable dance club hits include “Work It,” “Get Ur Freak On,” “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Pass That Dutch” and “Lose Control,” (which Missy produced alone). “Lose Control” went on to win a Grammy for best music video.
As a female artist, Missy defied expectations, trading in super sexy for super weird. Or perhaps we should say brilliantly weird, because her innovative videos still stand in a league of their own. (Remember her wearing that black trash bag in “The Rain”?) Five Grammys and 30 million records later, Missy is the only female rapper to have six certified Platinum albums. But not only that, she also defied expectations by becoming one of the most respected producers in the game, amassing major chops working with Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Keyshia Cole, Ciara and Monica.
In recent years, the Missy camp has remained relatively quiet. She’s done a few features and songs here and there, but they haven’t really made a splash. She did, however, make an exciting surprise cameo on the 2014 BET Awards, rapping “Pass That Dutch!” over Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae”. That night, she slayed. It was a straight comeback moment.
Timbaland, meanwhile has remained busy behind the scenes, producing some of the biggest albums out including Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Will the pair finally release their old magic with a new game-changer from Missy Elliot? Fans just have to wait and see. Until then, Missy’s still under construction.