Missy Elliott‘s grand entrance back into the spotlight caused a frenzy on the Internet after she debuted her funkadelic visual for “WTF (Where They From),” featuring Pharrell on Thursday, Nov. 12. No stranger to the unorthodox, Misdemeanor has been playing by her own rules as early as her 1997 debut, Supa Dupa Fly, and as a producer for former acts on-the-rise like Aaliyah, 702 and SWV.
Here, Billboard two-steps back in time to some of her most trend-setting work as a nod to her 24-year tenure (count her days as part of ’90s R&B group Sista) and the tracks that made her queen of the dance floor.
“Work It” (2007)
After paging DJs worldwide, Missy put major work into this Timbaland-produced cut, even flipping her hook and reversing it.
“I’m Really Hot” (2004)
Elliott busted a move or three with her dance crew for this fiery cut from her 2003 studio effort, This Is Not A Test!
“She’s A Bitch” (1999)
The slick-mouthed MC didn’t just throw shade at her haters, she dumped a gallon of it on ’em in this Da Real World track.
“Gossip Folks” (2002)
Schoolyard trash talk and Adidas track suits never looked better.
“Get Ur Freak On” (2001)
Co-produced by Elliott and Timbo, this bhangra-heavy beat is hard to sit still to.
“One Minute Man” (2001)
“Pass That Dutch” (2003)
Only Missy could pull off a dance party in a farm under a UFO with a squad of Bratz dolls.
“Lose Control” (2005)
This Ciara-assisted club banger would make any wallflower break dance.
“Sock It 2 Me” (1997)
Mega Missy to the rescue with this heroic Hype Williams presentation.
“Hot Boyz” (1999)
“The Rain” (1997)
Two words: Trash bag.