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July 11, 2022

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot: Supa Dupa Fly (1997). A Sonic Adventure...


B. Cox looks back at Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's debut album Supa Dupa Fly as it turns 25. After spending the beginning part of her career with Devante's Swing Mob Records with her girl group Sista (which never materialized an album), she linked up with childhood friend and producer Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley from Virginia and began collaborating producing and writing songs, most notably for Aaliyah's smash One In A Million album in 1996.

After signing with Elektra Records and starting her own label, Goldmind, the two recorded and produced Missy's debut in only two weeks. What resulted was a platinum selling album that featured two successful singles, "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" and "Sock It 2 Me" with equally visually catchy videos to accompany them.

Missy unique and unorthodox rapping style, voice, mannerism coupled with her singing talents and mixed Timbaland's futuristic beats that combined unique melodies, rapid drums and deep bass lines served as a template for both of their careers over the next quarter century. It made Missy a star that would cross over in to pop and mainstream success and Timbaland one of the best and well respected producers in the industry.

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Show Notes

The Ringer: How Missy Elliott brought 'Supa Dupa Fly' to Life.


High Snobiety: 20 Reason's Why Missy Elliot's "Supa Dupa Fly" Is Still the Best 20 Years On


RockTheBells: Classic Albums-Supa Dupa Fly


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