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Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Hip-hop emcee and R&B songwriter Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become one of the most esteemed figures in contemporary American music, providing material for artists including MC Lyte, Adina Howard, and Jodeci, as well as working as an arranger, producer, talent scout, and record executive. She first performed as part of a neighborhood singing group, Sista, which was signed by DeVante DeGrate from Jodeci in 1992 to Capitol/EMI Records. She was already writing with her long-time collaborator Tim Mosley, aka Timbaland, and with Sista's career terminally stalled since DeVante would not release any of its recordings, she concentrated on songwriting and production. Her distinctive hee-haw rhyme on Gina Thompson's "The Things You Do" brought her wider exposure and several offers from record companies. Fiercely independent and ambitious, she signed to Elektra Records as a solo artist on the understanding that they would subsidize her own label, which became the Gold Mind. In 1997, she launched her solo career with the album "Supa Dupa Fly" and its lead single "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)". The well-connected singer was provided with immediate exposure for the song via rotation play of its Hype Williams-directed video on MTV. Co-produced with long-time collaborator Timbaland and producer DJ Magic, the album received excellent reviews, although she was reluctant to commit herself fully to a career as a performer because she didn't want to get caught up and be an artist always on the go. She felt that it was hard to get into the studio once you commit to that kind of venture. The album also featured cameo appearances from Aaliyah and Busta Rhymes, for whom she has written songs. Despite her growing reputation and success, Elliott remained based in her hometown in Virginia. In September 1998, she collaborated with Melanie Brown from the Spice Girls on the one-off single "I Want You Back," which debuted at number 1 in the UK chart. Further writing and remixing work for Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson followed, although Elliott found time in her busy schedule to release her excellent sophomore album, "Da Real World," in July 1999. Incredibly, Elliott and Timbaland managed to surpass this with the follow-up "Miss E ... So Addictive," a stunning compendium of contemporary hip-hop and dance beats, urban ballads, and left-field samples that was instantly hailed as one of the finest albums of the new millennium.  See full bio on IMDb »

Missy Elliott, Timbaland Sued for Stiffing Songwriter Out of Aaliyah Royalties

Missy Elliott, Timbaland Sued
I Wrote Aaliyah's Song ... 'Heartbroken' About Royalties!!!

11/16 -- A rep for Missy's team tells us, "There is not now and never was any 'agreement' between Missy Elliott and Terry Williams. As the exclusive owner of her own lyrics and vocals… READ MORE >

Janet Jackson Surprises Missy Elliott With Speech at Essence Awards

Janet Jackson
Here's to My Friend, Missy Elliott!

Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott united onstage Thursday night, but this time it wasn't for a performance. Janet presented the "Work It" singer with the Visionary Award at the Essence 9th Annual… READ MORE >

- 319 days ago
Rihanna -- Missing Backup Dancer Found ... Hospitalized

Missing Backup Dancer Found Alive ... Hospitalized

Shirlene Quigley -- a former backup dancer for Beyonce and Rihanna -- has been found and she's safe but getting some sort of medical treatment ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement tells us she was… READ MORE >

- 777 days ago
Missy Elliott -- These 'WTF' Puppets Better Twerk!!!

Missy Elliott
These 'WTF' Puppets Better Twerk!!!

Missy Elliott's new "WTF" video stars some major divas -- the 6 high-priced look-alike puppets with booty-popping action. TMZ got the WTF (where they from) on the marionettes from Furry Puppet… READ MORE >

- 1125 days ago
Missy Elliott WTF ... She's Got a New Music Video!!! (VIDEO)

Missy Elliott
WTF ... She's Got a New Music Video!!!

Missy Elliott is back after 10 years ... we know it for sure because we got footage of the rapper shooting her new music video. There were hints since February Missy was staging a comeback.… READ MORE >

- 1160 days ago
Missy Elliott Sued -- You Did NOT Work It ... Now You Gotta Pay

Missy Elliott Sued
You Did NOT Work It ... Now You Gotta Pay

Missy Elliott was set to perform 2 concerts in Brazil ... but never did put her game down, flip it, OR reverse it -- because she failed to promote the concerts, so now she's getting sued.… READ MORE >

- 1163 days ago
Missy Elliott -- Good Genes or Good Docs?

Missy Elliott
Good Genes or Good Docs?

Missy Elliott sure knows how to work it.Here's the 26-year-old female rapper back in 1998 (left) -- and 15 years later, the 41-year-old gettin' her freak on at an event in Las Vegas this week… READ MORE >

- 2032 days ago
Missy Elliott -- My Lambo is Being Held Hostage!

Missy Elliott
My Lambo is Being Held Hostage!

Missy Elliot insists ... her brand new Lamborghini is being held captive by an Illinois car dealership -- after she paid handsomely for the luxury vehicle -- and now, she's suing to get her… READ MORE >

- 2345 days ago
Missy Elliott: I Have Graves' Disease

Missy Elliott: I Have Graves' Disease

Missy Elliott just announced she has Graves' disease -- an incurable autoimmune condition affecting her thyroid.Elliott tells People, she was diagnosed with the disease in 2008 -- and has been… READ MORE >

- 2728 days ago
Lil' Kim Party Girl Found Dead at Times Sq. Club

Lil' Kim Party Girl
Found Dead at Times Sq. Club

The body of a woman, who had been missing since attending Lil' Kim's birthday party on Sunday night, was found yesterday on the roof of the building where the party took place.Cops say the body of… READ MORE >

- 3778 days ago
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