Today is Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s 43rd birthday! I love Missy she’s one of my all time favorite rappers. We both have Graves Disease, and she inspires me with how she continues to work on music while dealing with the autoimmune disease. Finally, I just love how creative, innovative and awesome she is. Next month will see the release of her seventh stuido album-she’s working with Timbaland of course-and Pharrell Williams. To celebrate the birth of this amazing artist, here are my top five favorite songs.
1. The Rain
This is the first Missy Elliot song that I heard. It’s accompanying music video is also the first Missy Elliot music video that I’ve watched. Who doesn’t remember the inflated trash bag she wears during a fisheye lens shot throughout the video? And of course there are the cameos by other hip-hop and r&b artists.
2. Get Ur Freak On
This song is so damn catchy and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since it came out. If you wanted to know what the man at the beginning says in Japanese it’s “Kore kara minna de mechakucha odotte. Sawagou, sawagou.” Translated to English: “Everyone start dancing together wildly now. Let’s make some noise, let’s make some noise.”
3. Work It
Remember that part during the chorus that sounds like gibberish? Well it’s actually the lyric “I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it” played backwards. In addition at the middle of the song, after the lyric “Listen up close while I take you backwards”, the lyric “Watch the way Missy like to take it backwards” is also played in reverse.
4. Lose Control featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop
This track gets you moving from the get go and doesn’t stop until the end. Fatman Scoop is an excellent hype man on the song.
5. I’m Really Hot & Pass that Dutch
I love the music video for this track. It’s got a catchy beat.
To me this song is one that is silly and fun to listen to. The base is the star of this track and it gets you moving.