Posts Tagged: missy elliott

Missy Elliot Videos I Have Watched Today Instead of Working, in Order

1. The Rain

2. Gossip Folks

3. Work It


"Your Favorite Rapper Probably Sucks": Interview with Angel Haze

The rapper Angel Haze grew up in a religious community in Michigan that she’s since described as a "cult," and the first secular music she ever heard was on the radio at age 16 in Virginia. The song was Young Joc's "It's Goin' Down." And yet last week, the 22-year-old was sitting in an expansive conference room at her label's offices in midtown Manhattan, waiting for an intern to deliver two cheese Danishes and a venti hot chocolate with whipped cream and mocha drizzle from a Starbucks down the block. She signed her deal with Universal Music Group last year, and her first album (following six [...]


Ain't No Fun If A Girl Can't Have None

In the beginning of the year I made a list of goals. At the top of the list: learn the choreography from one of Aaliyah’s music videos—either More Than a Woman or the baby cackle-sampled, Are You That Somebody.

When I was teenager I used to choreograph routines for my high school dance team using Aaliyah’s videos as "inspiration," i.e. sometimes copying exact moves. As I compiled my goals I thought, what’s the harm in seeing if I can still do these moves seventeen years later? Unless I sprain something.

When I tuned in to watch Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of [...]


Timbaland Feat. Missy Elliott – "Take Ur Clothes Off"

Here's the first installment of Timbaland's new-music "Timbaland Thursdays." (And here's a link to the free MP3, if you want.) Do you like it? It's … OK! It's fine.



Happy Birthday, Aaliyah

Aaliyah would have turned 35 years old today, so let's take a moment.

Any Aaliyah song I could post would qualify as a jam, of course, but I'm going with "Best Friends," a track off of Missy Elliott's forever-excellent Supa Dupa Fly, because it is one of the greatest recorded tributes to ride-or-die female friendship we have, and because the Missy-Aaliyah-Timbaland trio just made perfect sonic sense. Here's Missy, in The Fader's 2008 tribute to her late best friend:

Me and Tim, our sound was so far left that it was kinda hard for people. They liked it, but they didn’t know if they [...]