Missy Elliott Comes Out About Nine-Year Career Hiatus
“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.
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.