Getting inspired by her mother's courage and independence to start anew, Missy determined to materialize her dream of becoming a formidable artist.Together with La Shawn Shellman, Chonita Coleman and Radiah Scott, she established an R&B group called Sista in the late 1980s.Missy Elliott was born Melissa Arnette Elliott on July 1, 1971, in Portsmouth, Virginia. While Ronnie was still a Marine, the family lived in a mobile home in Jacksonville, North Carolina, but he struggled for work after the army and they moved back to Portsmouth, living in a rat-infested shack.Ronnie was violent, and beat Patricia in front of their daughter; Missy experienced more trauma at age eight when she was raped by an older cousin.2005In January, Missy launched The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott, a UPN singing competition that offered 13 contestants — all rising singers or emcees — the chance for a record contract and professional mentorship.
A longtime collaborator with her childhood friend from Virginia, the producer Tim "Timbaland" Mosley, she has also worked with Jay Z, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Madonna, Janet Jackson and many more.
Madonna popped up in one episode, which was about as weird as you’d imagine.
Here’s Missy’s theme song, which spells the conceit out pretty succinctly.
Unfortunately, that doesn't make it any easier to actually sing along to…
At last night’s BET Awards, opening act Pharrell Williams brought out Missy Elliott for a show-stopping mash-up of his “Come Get It Bae” and her 2003 hit “Pass That Dutch.” Coincidentally, next month marks nine long years since Missy, one of rap’s most acclaimed performers, released her most recent solo album, The Cookbook.