We are so excited to announce that Missy Elliott will be a performer at VH1 Hip Hop Honors: Hip Hop Honors: The 90’s Game Changers on September 18th at 9 p.m. on VH1. Elliott is an obvious performance choice for her amazing songs, but it’s also her music videos that make her such an icon.
From rocking a bald head to, well, pulling off her own head – Missy’s videos are the most rousing of visionary spectacles. Let’s rewind and enjoy some of her greatest gems. Elliott and more hip hop legends will be celebrated Hip Hop Honors on September 18th.
“Sock It 2 Me”
In “Sock It 2 Me” Missy and Lil’ Kim traveled to outer space, where they found themselves under siege by a swarm of super angry robots. Our girls appeared to be dunzo – until, that is, Da Brat soared up on a flying Jet Ski and was like, “Get on this futuristic contraption while I rap at these robots and fly you damsels to safety.”
“The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”
The trash bag. The brood of rain-drenched dancers. The jeep. (Beep, beep!) Missy’s otherworldly debut video—directed by Hype Williams—worked the fisheye lens in the zaniest ways imaginable. Stacked with a frenzy of cameos (Total, Timbaland, 702, Da Brat, Aaliyah, Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim to name a few), “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” remains one of the most innovative (and downright bonkers) music videos of all time.
“Beep Me 911”
Missy wore a golden evening gown to do things like saunter around her living room and snack on Blow Pops. Later, she invited her friend Magoo over to her, um, adult-themed doll house where he watched a pole dancing doll shake her dollish stuff round and round. Missy is a great hostess.
“She’s A Bitch”
Missy rocked a bald head and a set of rhinestone eyebrows in her priciest video to date. Hey, emerging from the darkest of ocean waters on a giant “M” isn’t cheap! With its $2.8M price tag, “She’s a Bitch” still ranks as one of the most expensive videos ever made.
Packed with explosions, smoke, flashing lights, dancers going HAM, leather jumpsuits and Lil’ Mo on the hook—the video for Missy’s wildly successful track was 90’s hip-hop at its finest.
“One Minute Man”
In the video for “One Minute Man,” Missy shimmied throughout the hallways of the Get Ur Freak On Hotel with a gaggle of bellhops. Things got extra psychedelic when Missy removed her dome and danced around headless for a man who was casually resting in a bird’s nest. Later, Ludacris overflowed a bathtub—oops!—and Trina gyrated on a mechanical bed.
“Work It” is Missy’s most successful single to date. The song spent 10 weeks at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. In the video, Missy chilled with some live bees and channeled her inner B-boy before doing things like shaving her cha-cha and—of course—putting her thang down, flipping it and reversing it. “Work It” won Video of the Year at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
Missy hit up a dance-heavy high school in “Gossip Folks” to rhythmically chant in the sassiest form of Pig Latin that our ears have experienced. (Whoozoo? My gizzurl!) Later, Missy and Ms. Jade (PS – Remember Ms. Jade?) caused a ruckus in a classroom and Ludacris seduced a faculty member. Oh, Luda!
The acclaimed video snagged VMAs for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Dance Video – it also won a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. In the clip, Missy danced wildly in a sandstorm while Ciara slayed some wall choreography after being pinned there by magnetic forces. Also, Fatman Scoop yelled a lot and Tommy Lee made a cameo.