Let’s be clear, Missy Elliott is and will always be universally relevant in the world of music.
Misdemeanor Elliott has been an unstoppable force since establishing herself as a trailblazer for R&B and hip-hop music and its culture in the early 90s. Some people, such as myself, may say they first heard Elliott and her iconic “hee-hee-hee-hee-how” line on Gina Thompson’s hit “The Things I Do.” Others may remember Elliott’s artistic expression in a large black trash bag from her 1997 video “The Rain.”
What remains consistent with those possible introductions to Ms. Elliott is R&B has been the meeting place. For instance, the chorus on “The Rain” samples “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by ‘70s soul diva Ann Peebles. Missy Elliott not only lent her rap talents to the remix of Thompson’s lead single – she co-penned the track too, which is one of the reasons why we’re here.
For the past few months, Elliott has been on Twitter sharing memories of writing and producing R&B songs for past and present artists. Rated R&B has compiled a list of Elliott’s top 15 R&B hits that she either produced, wrote or was featured on, along with a reason why they are absolute FIYAH (as Elliott would say).
Aaliyah – “One in a Million”
Written by: Melissa “Missy” Elliott & Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley
Produced by: Timbaland
“One in a Million” is FIYAH because it helped shift the direction of R&B and way we heard it with its advanced melting pot of melody and rhythmic. From Kanye West and BJ the Chicago Kid to Jay Z and Tink, the cultural impact of this record is undeniable. The song spent six weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
Now this gem right here CHANGED THE SOUND OF MUSIC! @Timbaland & I recorded Aaliyah in Detroit & 1 thing about her she NEVER 2nd guessed our sound she was ahead of da game! Tim & I style was bounce so I wrote 2 da tracks like Rap/Sing because I wasn’t a great singer🤷🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/2aGEb9m9yV
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) March 12, 2018