Melissa Arnette “Missy” Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer songwriter, and record producer. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood pal and producer Timbaland on jobs for Aaliyah, Total, SWV, and 702. As a record producer and songwriter, she’s worked with Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Janet Jackson, along with modern artists Keyshia Cole, Ciara, G Dragon, Tamia and Monica.
In the late 1990s, Elliott enlarged her career as a solo artist and rapper, finally winning five Grammy Awards and selling over 30 million records in America. Elliott is the sole female rapper to have six records certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album “Under Construction”.
Elliott can also be famous to get a number of successes and varied music videos, including “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”, “Hot Boyz”, “Get Ur Freak On”, “Work It”, as well as the Grammy award-winning video for “Lose Control.”
After her last record release in 2005, Elliott seen success behind the scenes. Elliott’s writing and production helped her achieve #1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with Keyshia Cole’s “Let It Go” (2007), Jazmine Sullivan’s “Need U Bad” (2008), and Monica’s “Everything to Me” (2010). Both Fantasia’s “Free Yourself” (2005) and Sullivan’s “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles)” reached #3 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. She also made Monica’s singles “Anything (To Find You)” and “Until It’s Gone.”