Wednesday, April 13, 2011

JDIZZY's 365 # 337: Gossip Folks

Gossip Folks - Missy Elliot (2002)

Missy Elliot has kind of dropped out of the public eye as of late, but in the late 90's and early aughts, she was one of the shining lights of hip hop. Before he became Justin Timberlake's wingman, Timbaland created with Missy some of the most inventive hip hop that the world had ever heard. My favorite disc of hers is still Under Construction. Its second single is today's pick because of its funny way of dealing with rumors, a hard to top Ludacris cameo, and the immaculate sampling of "Double Dutch Bus" by Frankie Smith.

The fact that a woman was the coolest thing in hip-hop for half a decade should not be lost on anybody. It's a misogynistic game, and Missy broke through strong and hard.

Come back Misdemeanor. The game needs your voice. You and Nicki Minaj could do some sick work together!

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