Missy Elliott Hints at Release of First Album in Over a Decade

Could 2019 be the year fans get to hear music from Missy Elliott again? The hip-hop legend teased her Instagram followers on Thursday with a video of herself dancing to the song “Keep on Moving” by Soul II Soul with a caption that stated she had just wrapped up “a long project” that she had been working on since 2018.

"I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood "Keep On Movin" I'm bout to show y’all I'm on some next ish," Elliott wrote Thursday. Elliott also posted a gif of herself dancing at what appears to be a studio to Twitter on Monday. She told her followers she was excited about a “big project” she had just completed.

"Thank God I just finished a big project today & it has been a very intense no sleep 5 weeks working on this since last year," she tweeted. "I been sick on and off from weather change and this pollen has been kicking my a-- but it will be all worth it! I'm EXCITED."

The rapper has not released a full album since The Cookbook in 2005. Last year, she released a single titled “I’m Better” featuring rapper and producer Lamb. Earlier this year, the Grammy award-winning rapper became the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott is the third rapper to win the award since 1989, Billboard reported. She took to Twitter in January to express her gratitude over the induction.

“I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 “Song Writers Hall of Fame also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING,” Elliott tweeted earlier this year. “I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also I [love] you all.” In October, the rap pioneer announced she was planning to release new music in a tweet with a snippet to a song titled “Cool Off.” In another tweet, she expressed to fans why she had waited over a decade to put out new music.

"For so long I was hesitant to put out music in fear no one would get it because people said music has changed & my sound been so different," she tweeted. "But now I'm like hey, bump it make music that feels good to me, let me get y’all a**es dancing again."

Although the “Work it” rapper has not produced her own music in quite some time, she has partnered with artists and has been featured on hit songs. In 2015, Elliott and rapper Pharrell Williams worked together to produce the viral hit “WTF (Where They From).” She was also featured on the song “Borderline” by Ariana Grande and Pharrell in Grande’s chart-topping album Sweetener, which was released in August.

Elliott has released multiple hits with producer Timbaland, including "Sock It 2 Me" and "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" from her debut album Supa Dupa Fly. The two produced "Get Ur Freak On" from the 2001 album Miss E…So Addictive, as well as "Work It" and "Gossip Folks" from the 2002 album Under Construction. The rapper has also won four Grammys and been nominated for 22 Grammys nominations. In 2005, Elliott won Best Short Form Music Video for her song “Lose It” featuring R&B singer Ciara and rapper Fatman Scoop. She has also won Best Female Rap Solo Performance two years in a row for her songs “Work it” in 2003 and “Scream a.k.a. Itchin” in 2002.

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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.