Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott

date of birth : 01/07/1971 | date of death :
Born on 1-July-1971, Portsmouth, Virginia U.S., rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer,actress,A five-time Grammy Award-winner, Elliott, with record sales of over 30 million in the United States, is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Missy Elliott was born on 1-July-1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia U.S.

Father's name: Ronnie
Mother's name: Patricia
Brother: -
Sister: -
Spouse: -
Children: -

Personal Information:

Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Life events:

Early Life

Born Melissa Arnette Elliot in 1971, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot endured a difficult childhood, living in Virginia and North Carolina. At the age of four, she wanted to be a performer, though she knew no one took her seriously, as she was always the class clown. While her father was a Marine, the family lived in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in a mobile home. When her father returned from the Marines, they moved back to Virginia, where they lived in a vermin-infested shack. At the age of eight she was repeatedly raped for almost a year by her teenage cousin and witnessed her father behave violently towards her mother.

Success in Hip-Hop

In the early 1990s, Elliott formed an R&B group, called Fayze (later renamed Sista), with friends La'Shawn Shellman, Chonita Coleman, and Radiah Scott. She recruited her neighborhood friendTimothy Mosley as the group's producer and began making demo tracks, among them included the promo "First Move".In 1991, Fayze caught the attention of Jodeci member and producerDeVante Swing by performing Jodeci songs a cappella for him backstage after one of his group's concerts. In short order, Fayze moved to New York City and signed to Elektra Records through DeVante's Swing Mob imprint, also renaming the group Sista. Elliott took Mosley — whom DeVante re-christened Timbaland — and their friend Melvin "Magoo" Barcliff along with her. Although her appearance didn't match ideas about female beauty in the male-centric world of hip-hop, Elliott got the chance to form her own label, The Goldmind, Inc., at Elektra Records. Her first album, SupaDupa Fly (1997), went platinum and earned Elliott the designation of rap artist of the year from Rolling Stone. Her next two albums also went platinum. By the release of 2002's Under Construction, Elliot had established herself as not only a rap star, but as one of the top mainstream performers. In 2003, “Under Construction” received Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year. Her sixth solo album, “The Cookbook” was released in July 2005 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, while being certified gold. In January 2008, "Ching-a-Ling" was released as the lead single for the Step Up 2: The Streets soundtrack. "Shake Your PomPom", produced by Timbaland, is also on the soundtrack. In the summer of 2010, Elliott embarked on a 2 part tour which included such continents as Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. She would later announce that the lead single from Block Party would be called "Blow Ya Whistle". On June 7, 2010, Missy performed at VH1's "Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South" to do a tribute to long-time collaborator and friend Timbaland. Her performance included the hits "Get Ur Freak On" and "Work It", both produced by Timbaland. Elliott's phenomenal success in hip-hop led to her appearing on TV, in ad campaigns and in films, but music is still her focus. After being dismissed for her appearance at the start of her career, Elliott ended up carving her own path to success. An entrepreneur and visionary, Elliott's skills in writing, producing and performing helped her become hip-hop's first female mogul and a hip-hop icon.

Personal life

Though the hard-working Elliott has occasionally put her personal life aside in order to focus on work, she takes time to enjoy the jewelry, cars and homes her success has given her. She remains close with her mother and her family. In 2002, rumors of Elliott's sexual orientation began circulating after working with Tweet in her single Oops (Oh My), claiming that she liked girls, and Tweet was one of them. Elliott responded by saying, "When people see how strong I am, and there's not a man around, it's like, 'What is she do in'?' But I don't need a man to make me happy. I need to make myself happy first." Elliott has also said that she wants to start a family, but is afraid of labor.


Elliott enjoyed school for the friendships she formed and had little interest in school work, though an IQ test classified her above average and she was able to jump two years ahead of her class. This made her feel increasingly isolated, so she purposely failed all her classes, eventually returning to her age-appropriate class

Occupations and Career:

She is a rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. Elliott worked as a songwriter and producer before getting her own record label. She and Timbaland worked together as a songwriting/production team, crafting tracks for acts including SWV and 702, but the most notable of them was Aaliyah. The pair wrote and produced nine tracks for Aaliyah's 1996 second album, “One in a Million,” among them the hit singles “If Your Girl Only Knew,” “One in a Million,” “Hot Like Fire” and “4 Page Letter.” Elliott contributed background vocals and guest raps to nearly all of the tracks on which she and Timbaland worked. Elliott and Timbaland continued to work together for other artists, later creating hits for artists such as Total on 1997’s “What About Us,” Nicole Wray on 1998’s “Make It Hot” and Destiny's Child on 1998’s “Get on the Bus,” as well as one final hit for Aaliyah, “I Care 4 U” before her death in 2001. Elliott, with record sales of over 30 million in the United States, is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction. With success as a performer, songwriter and producer, Elliott became hip-hop's first female mogul. In early 2006, Elliott's single and video for "We Run This" was released with heavy airplay on VH1, MTV, and BET. It served as the lead single for the soundtrack to the gymnastics-themed filmStick it. On September 11, 2013, Elliott directed her protégée Sharaya J's latest music video, "Smash Up the Place"/"Snatch Yo Wigs," which became Elliott's first directing since "Ching-a-Ling"

Awards /Honors:

American Music Awards

  • 2005 Won American Music Award
  • 2003 Got nomination for American Music Award

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • 2002 Won ASCAP Award

BET Awards

  • 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 Won BET Award
  • 2005 and 2006 Got nomination for BET Award

BET Hip-Hop Awards

  • 2006 Got nomination for BET Hip-Hop Award

Billboard Music Awards

  • 2005 Got nomination for Billboard Music Award

Billboard Video Music Awards

  • 1997 Won Billboard Video Music Award

Brit Awards

  • 2006 Got nomination for Brit Award

Dirty Awards

  • 2005 Won Dirty Award
  • 2005 Got nomination for Dirty Award

Grammy Awards

  • 2002, 2003 and 2004 Won Grammy Award
  • 2006, 2007, 2008 Got nomination for Grammy Award

International Dance Music Awards

  • 2006 Got nomination for International Dance Music Award

Mobo Awards

  • 2001 Won Mobo Award
  • 2005 Got nomination for Mobo Award

MTV Europe Music Awards

  • 2005 and 2006 Got nomination for MTV Europe Music Award

MTV Video Music Awards

  • 2003 and 2005 Won MTV VideoMusic Award
  • 2003, 2004 and 2005 Got nomination for MTV Video Music Award

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards

  • 2001, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005 Won Soul Train Lady of Soul Award

Soul Train Music Awards

  • 2002, 2003 and 2005 Won Soul Train Music Award

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2005 Got nomination for Teen Choice Award

Vibe Awards

  • 2003 Won VibeAward
  • 2005 Got nominationfor Vibe Award



  • All That
  • Family Matters
  • FANatic
  • Mentor and the Hip-Hop Owls: A Christmas Story
  • BIOrhythm
  • E! True Hollywood Story
  • Top of the Pops
  • Ultrasound: Hip Hop Dollars
  • Extreme Makeover
  • BET Hip Hop Awards
  • E! True Hollywood Story
  • Behind the Music
  • M!Countdown What's Up LA



  • SupaDupa Fly (1997)
  • Da Real World (1999)
  • Miss E... So Addictive (2001)
  • Under Construction (2002)
  • This Is Not a Test! (2003)
  • The Cookbook (2005)
  • Block Party (TBA)

Compilation Albums

  • Respect M.E. (2006)


  • Lilith Fair (1998)
  • Rainbow World Tour (with Mariah Carey) (2000)
  • Where My Girls At? (with Lil' Kim, Mary J. Blige and 702) (2000) (cancelled)
  • Z100's NY Jingle Ball (2001)
  • Verizon Ladies First Tour (with Beyoncé, Tamia and Alicia Keys) (2004)
  • Hip Hop – Don't Stop (with Kelis and TalibKweli) (2004)
  • Keep the Dream Alive BASH (with Lil' Brianna) (2005)
  • Europe Tour (2010)


  • Hits of Miss E… The Videos Vol.1 (2001)
  • Recipe of Hits: Music Video Anthology (2005)

Quotes and Memoirs:

When you turn on your radio, you don`t always want to hear about someone shootin` some person. Even if that`s the lifestyle they live, people don`t always want to hear it.
And basically I always said when I was little that if I ever became successful or a celebrity, I would buy her this huge house and she would never have to work anymore. And I`ve done that. So I feel happy about doing that.
I feel blessed and I`ve learned so much. I just wanted to make a record where people can forget their troubles and go buck-wild.
I want to make something commercial that peoplecan pick up on.
Everybody is doing the same old thing.
I want kids of this generation to see that everything is cool, that there`s some kind of unity in hip-hop. We all found something that`s really important to us, and music is all we`ve really got.
I want people to feel the heat while they walk down the street and they`re just kick in` it.
You have to be ready to sing and perform at any time.
One thing about white people is that in their videos they don`t care. They can go out in cut-up jeans and do a video, and it`ll be large.
If I didn`t have some kind of education, then I wouldn`t be able to count my money.