I won’t settle for less: The best of Missy Elliott

Clad in a T-shirt and basketball jersey, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott looked like no other MTV fixture in the late Clinton era. Whether she’s gay is of no account: her clattering aluminum beats, declaration of appetites, camp ethos, and fascination with banality denotes a queer sensibility regardless. Every one of her albums released between 1997 and 2005 — an era that encompassed boom times and end times — is essential; This is Not a Test! has the most bangers and good album tracks, Da Real World still curiously forgotten, but Supa Dupa Fly still sounds like strange voices from another star, for which she deserves more credit than Timbaland. Souping up guys like won-ton, swaying on dosie-do like you loco, making you hot like Las Vegas weather, she reminded artists that before hip hop developed a social consciousness and was known as rap, it was an excuse to fling fly rhymes over dope beats. “‘Look, it’s very simple,'” John Lennon once said to David Bowie in a fictional conversation. “‘Say what you mean, make it rhyme, and put a backbeat to it.’” What else is there?

This list includes several of her most essential collaboratioins.

1. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
2. Beep Me 911
3. Work It
4. Izzy Izzy Ahh
5. Let Me Fix My Weave
6. Get Ur Freak On
7. Pass That Dutch
8. Best Friend
9. Hit Em wit da Hee
10. Hot Boyz (Remix) featuring Lil Mo, Nas, Eve and Q-Tip
11. Lick Shots
12. She’s a Bitch
13. Don’t Be Commin’ (In My Face)”
14. Nicole – Make It Hot
15. Tweet – Oops (Oh My)
16. Toyz
17. Wake Up
18. Ciara – 1, 2 Step
18. Lose Control Ft Ciara & Fatman Scoop
19. MC Lyte – Cold Rock a Party
20. Lil Kim – Not Tonight
21. Pussycat
22. Gossip Folks ft. Ludacris
23. I’m Really Hot
24. Dog in Heat featuring Method Man & Redman
25. On & On

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