Missy Elliott addresses 9-year music hiatus, hints at return

Missy Elliott addresses 9-year music hiatus, hints at return

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Acclaimed rapper Missy Elliott "ain’t telling" when her comeback record will drop.
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Jean, 50 Cent attend Lighty wake in N.Y.

Jean, 50 Cent attend Lighty wake in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Russell Simmons, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and 50 Cent were among the mourners at the open-casket viewing for hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty in New York Wednesday.

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Report: Missy Elliott has Graves' disease

Report: Missy Elliott has Graves' disease

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. hip-hop star Missy Elliott says she has been battling Graves' disease since 2008.
BET to air Hip-Hop Awards show

BET to air Hip-Hop Awards show

NEW YORK, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane and The Dream have performed at the 2009 BET Hip-Hop Awards show taping in Atlanta.
Timbaland marries publicist in Aruba

Timbaland marries publicist in Aruba

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Hip-hop producer Timbaland has married his publicist girlfriend Monique Idlett in Aruba, a source told People.com.

VH1 Hip Hop Honors filmed in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Snoop Dogg, Whodini and Missy Elliott are just some of the popular recording artists who turned out for the fourth "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" in New York Thursday.

Soulja Boy maintains No. 1 spot on charts

LOS ANGELES , Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Soulja Boy's "Crank That" soldiers on as the No. 1 song on the U.S. record sales charts for the second week in a row, Billboard.com said Thursday.

Soulja Boy reclaims No. 1 spot on charts

LOS ANGELES , Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Soulja Boy's single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" has toppled Kanye West's "Stronger" from the No. 1 spot at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Kanye’s ‘Stronger’ tops U.S. record charts

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Kanye West’s single, "Stronger," has topped the latest U.S. record charts, bumping Soulja Boy's "Crank That" out of the No. 1 spot it held last week.

Elliott to star in new Doritos ad campaign

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Grammy Award-winning, U.S. hip-hop artist Missy Elliott has signed on to star in an ad campaign for a new product line of Doritos.

'Crank That' tops Billboard Hot 100

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Soulja Boy's new single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" has begun a second week at the top of the U.S. record charts, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

Video award revelers party 'till dawn

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- After New York's Video Music Awards ceremonies and seven days of pre-show festivities, attendees partied at scores of events until dawn.

50 Cent is ASCAP songwriter of the year

LOS ANGELES, May 23 (UPI) -- Rapper 50 Cent won Songwriter of the Year honors during the 23rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles.
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Missy Elliott
Tweet (left) and Missy Elliott pose for pictures at Missy Elliott's pre-MTV party at the Sagamore Hotel in South Beach, Miami, Florida on August 27, 2004 . (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott on July 1, 1971) is an American recording artist, producer and actress. With record sales of over seven million in the United States, she is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum Under Construction.

Elliott is known for a series of hits and diverse music videos including "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "One Minute Man", "Work It", "Gossip Folks", "Pass That Dutch", "Lose Control" and "Ching-a-Ling". In addition, Elliott has worked extensively as a songwriter and producer for other artists, both alone and with her producer and childhood friend Timbaland. Elliott's songwriting and production credits include work for a number of other top artists, among them Aaliyah and Ginuwine.

Elliott was born Melissa Arnette Elliott on July 1, 1971, in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is the only child of mother Patricia, a power-company coordinator, and father Ronnie, a Marine. 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. 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. When her father returned from the Marines, they moved back to Virginia, where they lived in a vermin-infested shack.

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