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Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On

Melissa Arnette "Missy“ Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American singer-songwriterrapper, and record producer. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood friend and producer Timbaland on projects for AaliyahTotal,702 and SWV. As a record producer and songwriter, she has worked with Whitney HoustonMariah Carey, and Janet Jackson, as well as contemporary artists Keyshia ColeG DragonTamiaMonica and Ciara.

Birth nameMelissa Arnette ElliottAlso known asMissy "Misdemeanor” ElliottBornJuly 1, 1971 (age 43)
Portsmouth, VirginiaUnited StatesGenresHip hopR&BOccupation(s)Rappersinger-songwriterdancer,record producermusicianactressInstrumentsVocalsYears active1991–present

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#tbt: Get Ur Freak On by Missy Elliott

It’s equal parts ridiculous and comical that there are people who think Missy Elliott is an up-and-coming artist, thanks to Katy Perry to boot. So, in honor of “Hip-Hop’s First Lady of Innovation,” we’re throwing back to one of Missy’s early beats.

Innovative is one way of putting it. Missy has always had a taste for the bizarre, eccentric, and unconventional, so it comes as no surprise that “Get Ur Freak On” is replete with Bhangra elements, funky imagery and 3D rendering, and outlandish outfits. The main beat comes from the tumbi, a traditional Indian string instrument. And Missy seamlessly flows her lyrics to this traditional tune that would otherwise be out of place in modern Western music.

So remember kids, Missy has been around a long time, spitting new and catchy verses and engaging with culture and sounds. Her career has been a tour-de-force of hip-hop artistry and poetic exuberance — long before Katy Perry found her niche in the kitschy theatrics of dancing sharks and beach balls.

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Missy Elliot
“Get Ur Freak On" 
Miss E… So Addictive 

But seriously, I love how Missy Elliott benefited more from a two minute performance than Katy Perry did HEADLINING the damn Superbowl Halftime Show.

She currently has three songs in the Top 10.

That are 10+ years old, mind you.

Katy Perry has 0.

And her career started about five years ago;
aka half the time Missy has been on hiatus.

It just goes to prove, Missy Elliott was always and will continue to be ahead of the game. 

Each one of her songs could play in different decades and sound current.

Nicki, what? Iggy, who? Lil’ Kim, bye!

Missy is the true Queen of Rap.