Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Where has Missy Elliott been in the 9 years since her last album?
At last night’s BET Awards, opening act Pharrell Williams brought out Missy Elliott for a show-stopping mash-up of his “Come Get It Bae” and her 2003 hit “Pass That Dutch.” Coincidentally, next month marks nine long years since Missy, one of rap’s most acclaimed performers, released her most recent solo album, The Cookbook.
In the time since that record’s release, there have been plenty of indications that Elliott’s follow-up was soon to come, but fans have yet to see anything tangible.
Just at the point when even the most hard-core fans are losing interest, Missy returned with two Timbaland produced tracks, “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning.” Rumours about a long-awaited Cookbook follow-up kicked back into overdrive. “I won’t stop / Got the music game on lock,” she raps on “9th” before promptly fading into the background of the music world again. Stop playing with our emotions, Missy!
That summer, M.I.A. snags Missy and Azealia Banks (later pulled from the track) for a remix of her song “Bad Girls.” Rapper Angel Haze later insinuates that Elliott was scared to work with Azealia. We don’t blame her.
Another year passed without any solo material, but Missy stayed active in 2013, lending guest verses to Eve ("Wanna Be") and Timbaland (“Done Done”). She also dabbled in K-Pop with a cameo on G-Dragon’s “TK,” even appearing with the group at a Los Angeles concert that year.
Six months into this year, aside from the BET appearance, we’ve only heard one peep from Missy Elliott, in the form of a short spot on Faith Evans’s new song “I Deserve It.” Do you know what we deserve? A new Missy Elliott album. Please make our dreams come true, Missy. I can’t stand the drought.
Culled from VULTURE
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By: SAMOD BIOBAKU