When Missy Elliott appeared on stage with Katy Perry during the Super Bowl’s Halftime Show, not only was it a surprise, but it was the first time people had really seen her since 2005. The “Get Your Freak On” rapper was a well-known artist in the early 2000s but seemed to step back from the limelight and not much has been heard of her since her last album.
It has been over nine years since Elliott has released an album. Her last album, 2005’s The Cookbook, did well, leaving fans wanting more… that has yet to come.
But Elliott has not been sitting idly by and resting on her laurels. Here is what she has been working on in the past ten years.
In 2006, Elliott worked with British rapper Lady Sovereign on a remix of her hit “Love Me Or Hate Me.” Elliott also made an appearance on Keyshia Cole’s “Let It Go” with Lil’ Kim the following year before really upping her game the next year.
Apparently, 2008 was the year of collaborations, as Elliott worked with the Pussycat Dolls, Danity Kane, and Jazmine Sullivan on three hit songs.
Additionally, 2009 was a busy year for Elliott, and what Vulture refers to as “Missy Elliott’s last ‘busy year’ to date.”
In 2009, Elliott made appearances on tracks by Ginuwine, K. Michelle, and Ciara. She also released a posthumous record with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC fame.
Elliott took a break from recording music in 2010 before jumping back in the game in 2011. From 2011 to present, Elliott has worked with Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Eve, Faith Evans, and her favorite producer and collaborator, Timbaland. Her last collaboration being with Evans for the 2014 track “I Deserve It.”
With the release of 2005’s The Cookbook, Elliott hasn’t seemed to be doing a whole lot on her own.
In 2008, she released a single, “Best, Best,” that was meant to promote a new album called Block Party, but the single “failed to attract any interest.” In that same year, Elliott wrote two songs for the Step Up 2 the Streets Soundtrack, “Ching-a-Ling” and “Shake Your Pom Pom.”
In 2008 and 2010, she made some rare appearances in New York and then at various music festivals in both Europe and Asia.
In 2011, a possible reason for Elliott’s absence came from Behind the Music: Missy Elliot. The VH1 show shared Elliott’s battle with Graves’ Disease and the effect it has had on her life.
Elliott released two tracks title “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning” in 2012, but that has been the last of the new music.
It has been so long since Elliott has been around that many are questioning who she is and claiming that Katy Perry is about to help her career out.
It was only a matter of time before the “Who is this Missy Elliot? she boutta blow up thanks to KP” tweets started popping up
— Throttle (@throttlemusic) February 2, 2015
Many are hoping to the appearance of Missy Elliott on last night’s Super Bowl Halftime Show means that the star is ready to come out of hiding and produce some new music.
Praying for Missy Elliott to come back into the music world and show everyone how its done. — How Regina Sees It (@Keepin_It_Evil) February 2, 2015
Elliott herself was grateful to have been a part of such a spectacular show and received so many well wishes.
I cried because I’ve been thru so much but I’m still here & thru the grace of God & u the fans believing in me I love y’all
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) February 2, 2015
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 2, 2015
Since last night’s performance, which left News One saying that “Missy Elliott wins the Super Bowl,” Missy Elliott now has three singles in the Top Five ITunes chart, showing a whole new generation just how you to “Get Ur Freak On.”
[Photo Courtesy of Billboard]