Missy Elliott’s “WTF” Is Definitely Comeback-Worthy, But Why Are We Blocking Out Her Other Comeback Attempts?

Ask fans about "Triple Threat" + "9th Inning" and you'll get a "Huh, I don't remember that."

-by Michael Arceneaux

Like the overwhelming majority of people who grew up with and consider themselves fans of Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, a wave of excitement washed over me as I watched the video for her new single, “W.T.F.” featuring Pharrell Williams. The video is Missy to her core, yet manages to still come across as fresh, innovative, and necessary. Such is a testament to her long praise as a visionary— though when I see some celebrate her “finally coming back,” I pause.

Let’s not forget that Missy made a comeback attempt three years ago, but we just were not overly welcoming. In September 2012, Missy Elliott and her longtime friend and collaborator, Timbaland, reunited to release two new singles: “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat.”

To be fair, there’s a reason why so many took the “la-la-la, I can’t see you” line of defense on the offerings at the time.

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