Missy Elliott Comes Out About Nine-Year Career Hiatus

By: Jasmine Allen - February 6, 2014

“I don’t just throw out microwave records,” said 42-year-old female rapper Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott in a recent interview.

As one of the leading ladies of Hip Hop during the late 90s to the early 2000s, Elliott has won five Grammy awards and sold over 30 million records in the United States. She has also co-produced with good friend and producer Timbaland on projects for the 90s group SWV and the late singer Aaliyah.

Surely some of her greatest hits had you wanting to “Get Your Freak On” or had some feeling “Supa Dupa Fly,” but after a lengthy break it may be time for Elliott to remind us what makes her one of the most creative female MCs.

It wasn’t until 2012 that “Misdemeanor” fans became excited about her return to the rap game. At the time, Elliott and Timbaland debuted two tracks, “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” from her Block Party album. However, no official release date was ever established.

So, why has the innovative songwriter  been in hiding lately?

During a one-on-one talk with Michael Yo on Yahoo!’s “The Yo Show,” the “Work It” MC revealed why she hasn’t released any albums in nine years; one being because of the drastic change in music today.

“Not to say that it’s bad, it’s just different now, so I’m just trying to make sure that what I give is 100 percent because I know that expectations is high from my fans and it’s high of myself,” she said.

In 2011, People reported that the reason behind Elliott’s disappearance was her “private battle with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune illness that affects the thyroid.”

However, she announced the same year that she was ready to get back to work following extensive radiation treatment.

Elliott is currently still hard at work helping other artists put together upcoming records.

One of her latest collaborations with long-time friend Faith Evans will be heard on the singer’s 8th solo album Incomparable, which is rumored to hit the music world later this year.

As far as her own work, Elliott confirms that she is not putting out any tunes until she feels her sound is top-notch.

“When I create something, it’s got to be special and it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy.”

Check out her 2012 track “Triple Threat” featuring Timbaland:

Well, hopefully she’ll return soon and put her thing down, flip it and reverse it.

Image via Youtube

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  • JCJ Bike

    Amazing society was able to function over the last nine years without further cultural contributions like, "get your freak on." The terrible thing about the culture that surround inner-city blacks is you rarely see any development beyond what they have at age 7. If rappers couldn't "rap" about sex or the hood, they wouldn't be able to come up with anything.

    Go to a museum.. read a book.. there is a huge world outside.

    • Samuel

      Amen

  • Ms.Demeaner

    MISSY IS A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR US "INNER CITY BLACKS " PATIENTLY WAITING FOR YOUR NEXT ALBUM YOUR FANS STILL LOVE YOU !GROWING UP AS A 90S KID ALL I DANCED TO IN DANCE CLASS WAS MISSY ELLIOT AND NOW THAT I AM A TEACHER MY GENERATION OF KIDS LOVE YOUR OLD MUSIC. CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR WHAT YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON

    • JCJ Bike

      Maybe she is busy writing… "get your freak on, 9 years later??" If that's a "role model" for inner city blacks, let me just say you have set the bar pretty low. And it certainly explains a lot of about the advancement of inner city blacks in America.

      Please, "teach" your students about Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the literally hundreds of other talented artists who have actually made a contribution to music. It might help if YOU learned about things other than missy elliot so that you are able to set a much higher standard for your students.

      • Ms.Demeaner

        I teach my kids plenty about music , i teach them that music is versatile and you can’t judge an artist or person soley based on one track or song (a lesson you obviously missed) how can you comment on what i have learned because i like missy elliot ? smh i never comment on sites like this b/c of self centered people who sit on the internet and judge all day. your opinion is so strong when you’ve never met myself and i bet you have never listened to a full missy elliot cd.

        and my students are state champs so watch your mouth

        • JCJ Bike

          Let’s judge the artistic value of the lyrics to her song, “work it.” I pasted a few verses below.

          Is it worth it, let me work it
          I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it
          I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it [backwards 2X]
          If you got a big dick, let me search you
          And find out how hard I gotta work you
          I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it [backwards 2X]

          What do you think the parents of your students (at least the parents who actually care about the learning of their children) would say if you read these lyrics to them in a parent-teacher meeting (especially line 4) and said “parents… I feel that this artist is a role model to your kids.”

          If you did it in most schools in America, (certainly the ones outside of “the hood”) even your union leadership would have a hard time defending you and your principal would pull you aside and say “ms demeaner… maybe teaching isn’t your true calling.” (translation… we can’t let this train wreck be an influence on our kids)

          Try this… there are literally millions of REAL black role models in this country who aren’t athletes or entertainers. Stop being enamored with “shiny objects” on TV and start shaping your students into REAL people of value to society.

          • Ms.Demeaner

            lol again you know nothing about my students or myself. are you a REAL black role model? and thank you for the lyrics of that song but i wouldn’t teach to that song i’m sure missy elliot wrote that song for adults (it’s okay i know its difficult understanding inner city blacks we are all just hood and don’t care about our childrens learnings) but i find it so amusing you would come on an article concerning an artist, only to rant about how much you dislike the artist and comment on the black community like white/hispanic/yellow/purple people don’t listen to rap music. There is plenty role models in the world (not just black) and you should take your opinion to an article about a role model that you actually like , or better yet a role model that you actually know about.

            I believe miles davis has an album called bitches brew (translation = that can’t be read at a parent teacher meeting) and john coltrane mmm yes both men are very fine jazz players (ideal if i was a jazz teacher) but even they have their music that isn’t too “role-model-y”

            it was truely entertaining chatting with you sir bike!

          • JCJ Bike

            I’m not arguing her lyrics and music are made for adults. I’m saying her lyrics are made BY a stupid adult.

            Inner city blacks are painfully easy to understand. They rarely have the leadership they need at home and after reading your posts, I’m not 100% convinced they are getting proper leadership in their school.

            It will surprise you to find that the rest of America (people of all colors who don’t live in the hood) desperately want inner city youths to not end up where statistics show they will probably end up but when one of their teachers thinks missy elliott is a role model??? Well… are we surprised 75% of these kids have kids out of wedlock? Then are we surprised when it’s more likely boys from the inner city are far more likely to go to jail then college??

            Maybe America just needs to learn to expect less of the inner city and its’ teachers?

          • Ms.Demeaner

            Im not sure what your drinking but it must be some good stuff
            “the rest of america desperately want inner city youths to not end up where stats show they will” are you kidding me? you definetly are NOT black !cause that is complete BULL SHIT.
            here some stats for you
            55% of men locked up in prision are white (usa)
            studies show white people are more likely to abuse drugs than black people
            8 out of 10 prostitutes are white women
            the actual percentage for babies born out of wedlock for black women is 72 & for white women its 66.9 (i didn’t go to a fancy private school in the suburbs but thats not that much of a difference)

            so that same passion you have for “inner city black youth” you should direct to white people cause google is making white people look like junkie in and out of prision pregnant sluts. oh and the hood is completely different than the “inner city”

            maybe its you that should learn to produce more compassion for the human race and stop stereotyping people based on their race/music preference and what statistics say. Your the textbook definition of IGNORANT . you call a million dollar artist stupid because you don’t agree with her music?
            this may surprise you but america so desperately wants white people to take the stick out their ass and stop thinking their superiors

  • Genesis

    I like Missy but if I keep it real your music is kinda microwaveable. your music then is what music is now.