Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is known for her producing skills in rap music. She is one of the few multi-talented women in the rap industry. Elliott has conquered an abusive home to become one of the most recognizable women in music.
Melissa Arnette Elliott was born July 1, 1971 to Patricia and Ronnie Elliott in Portsmouth, Virginia. Ronnie, a marine, regularly abused Patricia and Missy until they left him in 1985.
In the early nineties Missy Elliott along with a group of friends started an R&B group named “Fayze”. They received the attention of DeVante Swing from Jodeci and signed on to his label through Elektra Records. Elliott brought with her Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley and Melvin “Magoo” Barcliff.
After DeVante’s label folded in 1995, Missy Elliott and Timbaland collaborated to create music for Aaliyah, SWV (Sisters With Voices) and the group 702. Elliott performed back-up vocals and raps on Aaliyah’s second album “One in a Million” that was released in 1996.
Misdemeanor’s career as a songwriter and rapper took off as she wrote and performed with multiple R&B and rap acts. She completed a guest rap on MC Lyte’s 1996 single “Cold Rock a Party” and New Edition’s “You Don’t Have to Worry”.
In 1997, Elliott released her first album “Supa Dupa Fly” that included the popular song, “The Rain”. Her second album “Da Real World” was a large success that included the track “All n My Grill” with appearances from Nicole Wray and Big Boi from Outkast.
Through the years Missy Elliott has continued to produce and write good music. Her seventh album, “Block Party” is set to arrive in mid 2010. She boasts the new album will include work from T-Pain, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne and of course Timbaland.