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The mid-late ’90s felt like a crisis point for hip-hop: the deepening rift between mainstream and underground rap, along with the lyrical focus on high-budget conspicuous consumption from platinum-selling artists, felt like breaking points that supposedly compromised what hip-hop was supposed to remain true to. Whether hip-hop needed to look back to its party-music root… More »

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Watch SNL Parody Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, & Die Antwoord In Home 2 Trailer

Last night, Saturday Night Live poked fun at the animated Rihanna vehicle Home by making a trailer for its sequel that has the strongest imaginary cast list this side of a mixtape. Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Die Antwoord all make an appearance as characters in the film, and a particular… More »

By: James Rettig / April 12, 2015 - 10:20 am

Jack Ü Release Surprise Album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Skrillex and Diplo have just released their debut album as Jack Ü. Their new production team-up got their start last year, and made waves with their Kiesza-featuring lead single “Take Ü There,” which recently got an awesome remix from Missy Elliott. All day on Thursday, the two of them DJed on a livestream as a… More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015 - 12:05 am

Jack Ü – “Take Ü There (Missy Elliott Remix)” (Feat. Kiesza)

Diplo and Skrillex’s team-up Jack Ü already had a decent hit with their Kiesza-featuring “Take Ü There,” but, damn, Missy Elliott just made it a million times better. Riding high from a spotlight-stealing Super Bowl appearance, Missy Elliott does the same thing here, laying down a few verses and pushing the song’s already present sweet-and-sour… More »

By: James Rettig / February 18, 2015 - 10:03 am

Watch Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Show With Missy Elliott & Lenny Kravitz

Katy Perry brought out Missy Elliott to do a three-song set during her Super Bowl halftime slot and, as Missy Elliot does, she stole the show. Missy started with “Get Ur Freak On,” went on to “Work It,” and rounded everything out with “Lose Control,” while Perry mostly stood by watching (and getting changed into… More »

By: James Rettig / February 1, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Katy Perry Will Do “Work It” With Missy Elliott At The Super Bowl

While Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance probably won’t contain a Taylor Swift diss track, the Associated Press reports that it will have a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott, who will be there to do her perennial hit “Work It.” Perry teased her participation in a press conference on Thursday, saying that the show would… More »

By: James Rettig / January 30, 2015 - 8:59 am

Watch Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, & Da Brat Reunite On The Soul Train Awards

Missy Elliot, Lil’ Kim, and Da Brat reunited last night for a performance of their 1997 single “Not Tonight” on the Soul Train Awards. The performance was a part of a tribute to Kool & the Gang, whose song “Ladies’ Night” is sampled on the track. It was the first time the track was performed… More »

By: James Rettig / December 1, 2014 - 9:35 am

Watch BET Awards ’14 Highlights: Missy Joins Pharrell, Nicki Shades Iggy, Chris Rock Interviews White People, BET Misspells Lionel Richie At The Worst Possible Time

Last night, BET held its annual awards show, hosted by Chris Rock and featuring a vast number of entertainers. But they could’ve probably used another editor on hand, since they managed to throw an errant T into Lionel Richie’s name onscreen as they were presenting him a Lifetime Achievement Award. But that wasn’t the big… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 30, 2014 - 9:11 am

Angel Haze – “Gossip Folks” Video

A couple of weeks ago, Angel Haze released her Classick mixtape, on which she interpolates a whole pile of fondly-remembered rap songs. Haze’s staggering, brave version of Eminem’s “Cleaning Out My Closet” is getting all the attention, and rightfully so. But Haze also deserves credit for resuming Missy Elliott’s ridiculously fun 2002 single “Gossip Folks“… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Missy Elliott – “9th Inning” & “Triple Threat” (Feat. Timbaland)

Back in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Missy Elliott and Timbaland got together to make some gloriously weird and revolutionary pop music, essentially grabbing rap radio by its neck and turning it into a safe place for stranger, more personal visions than anything you’d hear at your local indie rock club. It’s been a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2012 - 8:53 am

M.I.A. – “Bad Girls (Switch Remix)” (Feat. Missy Elliott & Rye Rye)

Well, this is awesome. Here’s a track from M.I.A.’s forthcoming Bad Girls remix EP, a Switch remix that features verses from Missy Elliott (!!!) and Rye Rye. It reworks the original into a stuttering dancehall anthem and tailors the beat to the choppy deliveries of the rappers. Hear it at Soundcloud. Bad Girls: The RemixesMore »

By: Corban Goble / June 21, 2012 - 2:15 pm

Watch Missy Elliot & Timbaland Do A New Song In NYC

Timbaland and Missy Elliott were one of the great pop-music partnerships of the late ’90s and early ’00s, but they haven’t done anything together in quite some time, and they’re just not as good without each other. Last night in New York, though, they performed a brand-new track, apparently titled “Triple Threat.” For studio rat… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 6, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice 4: 2009 Mashed Up

There could not have been a more apt ID3 than that of Freelance Hellraiser’s “Stroke Of Genius,” the MP3 that launched this decade’s most fitting musical legacy. Parts of two or three or thirty tracks mixed into one supersong? What better than mashups to soundtrack a generation of smartphone-wielding Adderall chompers coming of age i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2009 - 10:59 am

New Missy Elliott – “Best, Best”

Missy Elliott’s new album Block Party is out at the end of the summer, just in time to miss your Labor Day block parties. The Danja-produced first single “Best, Best” is a little reminiscent of Liz Phair doing her Avril impersonation, Elliott gloating about her man taking her to the mall, calling him her boo,… More »

By: brandon / June 13, 2008 - 2:02 pm

New Missy Elliott Video – “Ching-A-Ling / Shake Your Pom Pom”

The first ever 3-D video! Take that, picture of U2 in 3-D glasses. Missy’s first single, which will be on the Step Up 2: The Streets soundtrack but also the forthcoming album which you get to name, had its video debut on TRL yesterday. We watched (such is the joys of blogging from home). They… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 5, 2008 - 9:44 am

New Missy Elliott – “Ching-A-Ling”

The woman of unparalleled beats and matchless garbage bag choreography got really quiet after 2005’s Cook Book, aside from a greatest hits album the next year and some remix bits for Pretty Ricky and old bud Timbaland. “Ching-A-Ling,” the first new Elliott in awhile, comes at a time set to boost the anemic state of… More »

By: Stereogum / January 11, 2008 - 10:12 am

Casting Couch: Missy Elliott

Universal Pictures announced they’ll be releasing a movie about Missy Elliott’s life. It’ll be produced by Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Films. And playing Missy Elliott will be … Missy Elliott. Which isn’t so strange considering how popular 8 Mile was. I just think it’d be more fun if they cast Cate Blanchett. How fucking weird… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 14, 2006 - 6:35 pm