5 Things You Might Not Know About Missy Elliott
Today we celebrate the birthday of Missy Elliott, one of the most commercially successful R&B artists of her generation, and our way of commemorating the occasion is to offer up 5 things about Ms. Elliott about which you may have been previously unaware.
1. Her first stab at stardom came as a member of a group called Fayze.
Fayze featured Elliott, LaâShawn Shellman, Chonita Coleman, and Radiah Scott, and with the production help of Elliottâs friend Timothy Mosley, the group recorded a series of demos, but they made more headway by singing a cappella versions of Jodeci songs DeVante Swing â a member of Jodeci, in case you didnât know â when Fayze were backstage at one of his shows. From there, Fayze signed to Elektra through Swingâs imprint (Swing Mob), changed their name to Sista, and released one album â 1994âs 4 ALL THE SISTAS AROUND DA WORLD â before the group more or less ground to a halt. Thankfully, Elliottâs rise had only just begun...and so had Timothy Moselyâs. (You know him better as Timbaland!)
2. She contributed to Raven-Symoneâs 1993 album HEREâS TO NEW DREAMS.
In fact, sheâs all over the albumâs opening track, âThatâs What Little Girls Are Made Of.â Elliott co-wrote the track with Chad âDr. Ceussâ Elliott, rapped on it, contributed backing vocals, and was part of a chant on the song. No, the song wasnât a massive hit for the former Cosby Show star â it topped out at #47 and #68 on the Billboard Hot R&B Chart and Hot 100, respectively â but you canât say that Missy doesnât make an impression.
3. She was in the movie Pootie Tang.
Elliott might well prefer that you didnât know about this, but itâs too late now, because weâve got a clip...
4. As far back as 2005, there were talks about doing a movie based on Elliottâs life.
If youâve ever read anything about Elliottâs childhood, then you know that it wasnât easy for her while she was growing up, due to a violent father. In 2005, it was reported that Robert DeNiro was among a team of producers on the proposed bio-pic, which was to be written and directed by Diane Houston. The status of the movie is currently unknown, which mean that it doesnât seem likely that weâll be seeing it anytime soon, but we can sure keep hoping for it to happen.
5. Sheâs the first female rapper ever to receive an honorary doctorate.
And it just happened recently, too: she, Justin Timberlake, and Alex Lacamoire were all so honored at the Berklee College of Music 2019 Commencement ceremony in Boston in May. Pretty awesome stuff.