Melissa Arnette “Missy” Elliott is a Virginia-born American singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer, producer, and actress. She is best known for co-founding the Swing Mob with her childhood friend Timbaland.
Elliott is a phenomenal female rapper who has collaborated with celebrities from all over the world. In 1997, she released her debut album, ‘Supa Dupa Fly,’ which launched her solo career.
Melissa Arnette ‘Missy’ Elliott was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on July 1, 1971. Missy is the daughter of Ronnie Eliott, a United States marine officer, and Patricia Elliott, a power company coordinator.
Missy had always wanted to be a performer since she was a child, but no one paid attention to her. Her father’s rage and violent behavior toward her mother as a child deeply affected her. Missy began making music as a way to escape her feelings at the time.
Missy made her debut in the music industry when she and her friends formed the R&B group Fayze. The group came up with some demo tracks including the promo ‘First Move’.
In 1991, she piqued the interest of Jodeci member and producer DeVante, for whom she performed backstage at a Jodeci concert.
DeVante assisted Fayze in relocating to New York, where she signed with Elektra Records. Sista is the new name given to Timbaland and Barcliff. Elliott began writing and rapping for Raven-debut Symone’s single, “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of,” released in 1993.
Elliott collaborated with her friends to create the best Sista album, ‘4 All the Sista’s Around Da World. The album, however, was never released. She began to work more closely with her friend Timbaland, as a producer and songwriter for various singing sensations such as Aaliyah, Nicole Wray, Destiny’s Child, and others.
Elliott’s compilation album, ‘Respect M.E,’ was released by the Atlantic Records label in 2006. In 2010, she embarked on a massive two-part tour of Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.
A few years later, she released two exclusive singles for I-Tunes, the tracks were ‘9th Inning’ and ‘Triple Threat’. The following year, she directed Sharaya J’s latest music video, ‘Smash Up the Place/Snatch Yo Wigs,’ her first since ‘Ching-a-Ling’.
Missy Elliott is a $50 million net worth American rapper, singer, songwriter, and music producer. She was the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and her albums have sold over 30 million copies in the United States.