Missy ElliottMusic Producer / Rapper
Born: 1 July 1971
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia
Best known as: Singer of the song "The Rain"
A one-woman hip-hop media machine, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot first made her mark in the music business as a writer, penning songs in the 1990s for artists such as Aaliyah
, Mariah Carey
and Puff Daddy
. She released her own album, Supa Dupa Fly
, in 1997 to popular and critical success; she's been writing, performing and producing chart-topping singles and albums ever since. Elliott has won numerous awards for her videos and has collaborated with a variety of pop and hip-hop stars, including Mya
, Busta Rhymes
and Lil Kim
. Her albums include Da Real World
(1999), Miss E...So Addictive
(2001), Under Construction
(2002), This Is Not A Test
(2003) and The Cookbook
(2005). She's recorded many dancehall favorites over the years, including "Get Ur Freak On," "Work It," "Lose Control," and, with Ciara
, "1,2 Step." One of the top-selling female rappers and producers in the business, she is a multiple Grammy winner and a familiar face on music television and magazine ads.
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