Missy Elliott's 17 Most Important Contributions to Society
By John Boone
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Don’t call it a comeback, Missy’s been here for years. Seriously, don’t call Missy Elliott’s flaw-free Super Bowl performance a comeback. The five-time Grammy winning First Lady of Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop Heavyweight, Puff Mommy, Queen of the Beats, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has made some of the most important contributions to society in recent years.
Relive them all now, or educate yourself for the first time. You’re welcome.
1. This is her first hit, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and it changed the game.
2. We saw Missy wearing a trash bag in the video so we wore trash bags.
3. And that trash bag also inspired one of the funniest bits on Broad City.
4. Then there was “Get Ur Freak On,” which played at every middle school dance from 2001 until 2006. Who knows how many tweens grinded for the first time to this classic?
11. Ciara isn’t the only one #blessed to have worked with Missy. Her Twitter bio even says, “I have written or produced for All Ya Favorite Singers!” It’s true: Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Busta Rhymes, Ginuwine, Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Nas, *NSYNC, Timbaland, TLC, Whitney Houston. Remember that Mya song “My Love Is Like...Wo”? Missy is the reason we have “My Love Is Like...Wo”!
12. Misdemeanor is always in the right place at exactly the right time to make history. Like when she emceed “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Pink, and Mya:
13. And when she was onstage with Britney Spears and Madonna at the VMAs when they kissed! Bet you didn’t remember she was there! Xtina was there too, in case you forgot that as well.
Look! There she is!
14. She was also in a Gap ad with Madonna.
15. And provided the Plastics’ with their strutting anthem in Mean Girls. “Pass That Dutch.” Missy, like, invented the Plastics, you know what we mean?