Missy Elliot To Be Inducted as First Female Rapper into Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Missy Elliot the First Female Rapper Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame


          Melissa Arnette Elliot, known by her stage name of Missy Elliot, has recently been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, not only as the third rapper ever (behind Jay Z and Germaine Dupri), but as the first female rapper!

              Missy Misdemeanor Elliot, now 47 years old with over twenty years of music, was announced as one of the new inductees January 12th. Induction requires at least two decades passing after the artist’s first commercial sale. Her first Album, Supa Dupa Fly, was released almost 22 years ago, and since then all the female artist’s albums have been certified platinum with hits such as “Get Your Freak On,” and “Work It.” The rapper has also acquired over 30 million sales within the United States alone! She has also written a multitude of lyrics for a multitude of artists, such as Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Aaliyah.

              Elliot took to Twitter the same day she was inducted and exclaimed how she was “humbly grateful” and wanted to congratulate all her other fellow inductees.  The Chairman of the Hall exclaimed how 2019 is the year in which we honor the artists that have “enriched our lives.” The induction ceremony will occur June 13th in which Elliot will join the other inductees in receiving their honors.


              Born on July 1st, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia, Missy Elliot was born to her Marine father and mother.  She formed an all-girl band in high school known as Sista, which got the attention of a producer. Unfortunately, prior to Sista’s debut, with lyrics mainly composed of Elliot’s work, the record label they were signed to closed. After Sista broke apart, Elliot resumed her musical career writing lyrics, which were successfully implemented into 1993’s “That’s What Little Girls are Made Of,” by Raven-Symone. She later appealed to the CEO of another label, whom allowed to begin her own label under the name of Goldmind. Since then, the talented rapper received an assortment of music awards, including multiple Grammys, MTV, BET, and American Music Awards. She has collaborated with many famous faces such as P Diddy, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Pharrell, and Mel B. During 2015, Missy Elliot told Billboard that she owned a variety of rare vehicles and six houses scattered across the Eastern Seaboard from Miami to New Jersey, proving how successful she is as an artist. Fans are also anticipating a new release from Missy Misdemeanor during the New Year as she leaked pictures of new music she is developing with her longtime friend and producer, Timbaland. Timbaland was responsible for the notorious beat of “Get Your Freak On,” a classic rap hit that most people have likely heard of.

              The New Year of Hip Hop has come to a great start as we witness the well deserved honoring of Missy Misdemeanor Elliot set to take place later this year in New York City. As we have already learned, the powerful female rapper defying the male-dominated industry of rap has showed that she is to release newer music soon; based on all of her successful past, I think her next album or songs will be popular as she has set an influential precedent for today’s hip hop artists.