She’s one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time, paving the way for a new generation of outspoken female rappers.
And Missy Elliott is still showing younger artists how it’s done, with the apparent announcement of a newly completed album.
This marks the Virginia rapper’s first studio album for 14 years, delighting fans who’ve been following her career throughout the decades.
Missy announced the exciting news via an Instagram post of her dancing away happily to Soul II Soul’s Keep on Movin.
This celebratory post was captioned:
I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood ‘Keep On Movin’ I’m bout to show yall I’m on some next ish. [sic]
47-year-old Missy’s last album The Cookbook came out in 2005, bringing mega hits such as Lose Control and earning her a Grammy nomination.
In the years since, the Work It rapper has featured on numerous collaborations, including lending her talents to Busta Rhymes’s 2018 track Get It.
Missy’s last major release as lead singer on a track was in 2015, with WTF (Where They From) , a critically acclaimed single featuring Pharrell Williams.
can we talk about how missy elliot is releasing a new album?!
— 🧸 Eric Dontè Fadda Vampire (@ericdonte) April 18, 2019
It’s already been a huge year for Missy, who in January became the very first female hip hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame praised Missy for her ‘inventive songwriting and production work’, describing her as being ‘one of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history’.
A five-time Grammy Award winner, Missy has also earned huge commercial success, with US sales exceeding 30 million. Her debut album Supa Dupa Fly was released in 1997, firmly establishing her as a unique and innovative creative talent.
In the years since, she’s continued to develop her distinctive voice, providing inspiration for countless female hip hop fans. No doubt her latest project will show the same ingenious ear for detail.
Fans have reacted with great enthusiasm to the news, viewing it as an exciting new chapter in Missy’s oeuvre.
One person commented:
Ommmmmmmgggggg we’re waiting
Can’t wait!! We thirsting for ya
MISSY!!!!!! YAAAAAAAASSSSS TO THOSE LOCS!!! 😍😍😍😍 I’M SO HERE FOR THIS LOOK!!!! 🔥🔥🔥 I can’t wait for whatever you have in store for us!!!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/Fv42lcEdoI
— ♉️Dee|4/27 (@SheToo__Musical) April 17, 2019
Yeeeeeeesssss!!!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾😍😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/c1M8Rolfos
— KJ The Great🤴🏾 (@Ilive4Purpose) April 17, 2019
You look beautiful Missy! I'm so excited for this next chapter. I'm so excited to be part of what's to come. Best believe the #SupaFriends are with you all the way ❤
— Jono Greaves (@JonoMGreaves) April 17, 2019
There’s no word as of yet as to when this album will be released, but judging by the consistent quality of Missy’s musical output, it’ll be well worth the wait.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.