Missy Elliott Is Working on Her First Album in 13 Years
Thirteen years removed from the release of her last album, it looks like Missy Elliott is prepping to end her (relative) musical drought. Yesterday (Oct. 9), the rap legend confirmed that she's working on a new LP, which will mark her first since 2005's The Cookbook.
Responding to a Recording Academy tweet positing that she'd confirmed a new album, Missy wrote, "You can expect nothing but records and people going back to dancing nonstop!All Facts! Thank you @RecordingAcademy love yall❤️."
While Missy hasn't flat-out made an announcement about a new LP, she has teased new music in a few tweets she posted earlier this month. This, in conjunction with her previous tweets about the matter, paint a picture of good news for diehard Missy fans.
A lot has changed since Missy Misdemeanor dropped off her last solo body of work, which includes features from the likes Mike Jones, M.I.A, Ciara, Slick Rick, Fatman Scoop and more. In that time, trap, Auto-Tune-laced melodies and the lo-fi aesthetics of South Florida's rap scene have become the most dominant sounds in the rap game. The shape of the music industry has changed a lot, too. Missy's last LP dropped three years before Spotify even launched.
Those aforementioned changes to the hip-hop landscape aren't lost on Missy, who recalled the way change made her hesitant to drop a new project.
In a tweet dated Oct. 1, Missy wrote, "For so long I was hesitant to put out music in fear no 1 would get it because people said music has changed & my sound been so different but NOW IM LIKE hey♀️ bump it make music that feels good to me let me Get y’all asses dancing again."
Five days later, on Oct. 6, Missy tweeted a message that hinted toward a new project for next year. In the post she wrote, "[In] 2019Let me get yall asses DANCING AGAIN”Cool Off.”
"Cool Off" appears to be the name of a new song she's working on. She provides a sample of the hyperactive new tune in the same tweet.
Check out Missy's new album confirmation, as well as a snippet of her new song for yourself below. Watch her epic Ciara-assisted "Level Up (Remix)" performance at last night's 2018 American Music Awards when you're done.
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