No one does a music video quite like Missy Elliott, and really, all credit is due to the VA rapper for her innovation that was way ahead of her time. Last night the female originator of theatrics released a snippet for her latest single “9th Inning.” When Timbaland tweeted about Missy’s return we patiently twiddled our thumbs waiting for the new music to drop. As with every Missy song, the anticipation for the music video sends our creative imaginations to a level 10 of wondering, what will Missy do now? In the meantime we took a trip down memory lane by flipping through the vault of Ms. “Supa Dupa Fly’s” extensive video collection. Indulge in a little nostalgia with us with a look back at 10 of Missy’s game changing videos.
10. “Beep Me 911″
“Beep Me 911″ is Missy’s creativity at its most raw– a young Missy being her wild self with no feature film effects, much like her countless videos to come. There obviously wasn’t much of a budget, rather a simple set, funny body movements, weird clothes and animation. By default this makes the countdown.
Crazy toy robots chasing Missy and Da Brat on Mars in “Sock It To Me” just makes sense in this universe, literally. Missy changed our lives as we got the first glimpse of life on Mars and showed us how to conquer the evil robots that were soon to invade our own world, all while giving us some hot choreography. It was reminiscent of the Power Ranger days and how fun the 90s were.
The video opens with Missy being shot out of a trumpet. Honestly, who thinks of that? The song is high energy, including a college band that has everyone shaking to the beat of the drum. Missy Runs This!
Weird much? Black body paint and a bald Missy is next level, let’s call it eccentricity. In this dark world Missy has created there are bald cowgirls dancing in leather chaps chanting “Yipee Yo Yipee Ya Ya Yay.” Expect the unexpected from Missy because she pushes the limits beyond your wildest imagination.
Missy silenced all the gossip in the video for “Gossip Folks” all while wearing an Adidas jumpsuit. Portraying herself as the class clown, she spit paper wads at all of the trash talkers. Perhaps this is what Missy Elliott was like in high school, never missing a step. Now Missy’s the teacher and she’s ready to school the newbies in music. Class is in session!
Count on Missy for innovation. Her 3D music video for the soundtrack of the movie Step Up 2 included slow motion dancing, people morphing out of walls and putting a guy to shame with ease with her dance moves in outer space. Let’s get up and shake our pom poms now.
Missy gave us a taste of how she gets her freak on when she spit right in a guy’s mouth. Eeeew! The song alone is one of Missy’s best. The video was the icing on the cake with its zombies dancing in the Amazon background. Everyone from Eve, Ludacris, LL Cool J, Ja Rule, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star made cameos. Now that’s what you call a nostalgic hip-hop lineup.
It was with this video when the world realized Missy was something special. Missy’s personality, uniqueness and style was unlike anything out at the time. With her black latex balloon outfit and bubble camera effect popular during the 90s Bad Boy era, Missy created one of the best videos of all time.
2. “Lose Control”
We all lost control when this music video dropped and Missy danced like she was dancing for her life, sort of. Missy’s head on mounted on the body of a fast moving, break dancing girl in an old western scene as everyone danced on top of tables, including Ciara, is our idea of dope.
1. “Work It”
“Work It” was a hilarious video with all of the best effects as she gobbled cars, had bees flying on her face and transformed into Halle Berry during one of the many scenes. She of course busted a move in an Adidas outfit as she spun upside down on her head while rapping her verse. Even the above screen grabs can’t capture all the greatness in this video because there’s so many noteworthy moments that will all have everyone saying, “uhhhh dumb,” and this is why it worked it’s way to the top of this countdown of her best videos.