Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott

Birth name

Melissa Arnette Elliott

Also known as

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott


July 1, 1971 (1971-07-01) (age 48)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.


Hip hop, R&B


Rapper, singer, record producer

Years active



The Goldmind Inc., East West, Elektra, Atlantic, Violator

Associated acts

Da Brat, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z, Lil' Kim, Magoo, Timbaland

Melissa Arnette Elliott (born 1 July 1971), better known by her stage name Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer and record producer. Elliott began her career with female R&B group Sista in the early 1990s and later became part of the Swing Mob collective with childhood friend Timbaland, with whom she worked on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total and SWV. Following several guest appearances, she launched her solo career with the release of her debut album Supa Dupa Fly in 1997, which spawned the hit single "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" and "Sock It 2 Me". The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, the highest charting-debut for a female rapper at the time. Her following album Da Real World in 1999 produced the signles "She's a Bitch", "All n My Grill" and the top five hit "Hot Boyz". 

With the release of Miss E... So AddictiveUnder Construction and This Is Not a Test!, released in three consecutive years beginning in 2001, Elliott established an international career and followed with the hits "Get Ur Freak On", "One Minute Man", "4 My People", "Gossip Folks" and "Work It", the latter of which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance, followed by Elliott receiving five additional Grammy Awards and selling over 30 million records in the United States. Elliott is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction. Elliott is also known for a series of hits and diverse music videos, including "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "Work It", and the Grammy Award-winning video for "Lose Control". 


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