Of course, creativity has no true identity or form; It was 97 when the Hip-Hop/R&B world was given the debut album from Missy Elliot, “Supa Dupa Fly“. Missy Elliot is a walking national treasure, she’s a true creator and has always been highly praised throughout her career with the way she makes a flower grow from the concrete; her songwriting ability, the way she uses her vocals to complete records, and her ear for beats puts her completely outside of the box from your ordinary artist. Upon the release of “Super Dupa Fly,” Hip-Hop was a lost soul dealing with the devastating deaths of Tupac and afterward Biggie; Hip-Hop didn’t have the same energy without its two monumental artists pushing the culture. “Supa Dupa Fly” was ahead of its time from the Hype William’s visuals to the cocaine air force 1’s; after it’s release the album put Missy Elliot in the wave of Female MC’s like Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and the album also helped her make an epic deep run in Hip-Hop.
“Beep beep, who got the keys to the Jeep? Vroom!”, Missy Elliot debut album was produced completely by her childhood friend and Hip-Hop super Producer Timberland, “Your worst mistake/ Is to try to duplicate anything Timbaland make“. The production on the album was a plus for Missy Elliot’s unorthodox flow in her lyrics, the album brought you a fresh futuristic sound with the leading singles like “I can’t feel the rain” or “Sock it to me“; the album brought you everything in one with the Hip-Hop and R&B feel along with a handful of dancehall and electric type samples and instruments. The small things with the production made the album feel one of a kind, the remix for “Hit Em Wih Da Hee” sampled string from Björk’s song “Jóga”; it was an understatement to say the production from Timberland and Missy was flawless. Missy made everything around “Supa Dupa Fly” unforgettable; watching her spit bars in a jeep, rocking a garbage bag outfit embracing the weirdness, or comparing sex to a plane ride with turbulence with Ginuwine.
One can say that Busta Rhymes is a psychic with his memorable intro and outro praising Missy Elliot’s work ethic, “Missy’s LP is number one! Blossomin’ like beautiful flowers on all y’all motherfuckers“. After the release of the futuristic debut album, it went on to sale around 129,000 copies the first week making it the highest debut album by a female rapper at the moment. Missy and Timberland was the new face of music and became a hot commodity to work with among there peers; her career from that point on has been influential and pushed the culture to the next generation breaking down barriers for female MC’s. The album is arguably one of the best debut projects of all time, Missy avoided popular stereotypes for female MC’s, she brought the Hip-Hop/R&B scene to a new landscape. Missy Elliot is the elite of the elite, she is a legend among her peers and she deserves an enormous amount of credit for pushing the culture to the new millennials.