Giving praise to the GOATs and the women on the rise during Women’s History Month.
In 2019, the amount of female rappers seems at an all-time high. The likes of Kash Doll and City Girls continue to be on the rise, while the scene is dominated primarily by veteran Nicki Minaj and the increasingly popular Cardi B. Credit is often given to a lot of the women who came before them, such as the likes of Lil Kim, Eve, Da Brat, and Remy Ma. However, there’s one woman who deserves just as much, if not more credit than some of those mentioned and her name is Missy Elliot.
Missy Elliot played such a pivotal role in the art of music from the 90s and early 2000s. Not only was she a talented rapper, she was an even better songwriter and producer. She composed classic records for some of the biggest names in music including Ginuwine, Aaliyah, and Ciara. Her impact is undeniable; this year she will become only the third rap artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, behind Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri. This is an accolade well deserved from one of the pioneers of rap music.
Her debut album, “Supa Dupa Fly”, became the highest charting rap album for a female album at that time. This is a feature she herself would even surpass in years to come with monumental albums “The Cookbook” and “Under Construction”, the latter being ranked as one of the greatest albums of the 2000s.
Elliot has not only made a career of her own commercial success, she has become a staple for the successful careers of several other musicians. She has worked with Janet Jackson on several of her successful post-90s albums. Most notably, her contributions to the career of pop star Ciara sent the artist on top of the charts in 2004 and 2005 with the singles “1, 2 Step” and “Lose Control”. She has also assisted Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, and Tweet with hits that have ranked amongst their most successful.
Displaying her versatility in 2001, Elliot produced the remake of Patti Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade”. The record featured Christina Augilera, Mya, Pink, and Lil’ Kim all had significant peaks of their respective careers. The single would go on to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and win a Grammy Award in 2002. To date, Elliot herself has won five Grammy Awards and is the biggest selling female rap artist of all-time according to Billboard.
Her contributions to music continue to remain significant even in 2019. She is a highly decorated artist who has contributed to largely important records in the music business. For this reason, we salute Missy Elliot for Women’s History Month.