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There is no better way for an icon like hip-hop queen Missy Elliott to make an appearance than her new video “Throw It Back” from her “Iconology” album.
Ever since “Iconology” hit the air on Friday morning, we have not been able to keep calm as Missy reminds us of how good music is done.
This is the first release we’ve had from the five-time Grammy award winner, singer, rapper, songwriter, producer and female hip-hop icon since “The Cookbook” in 2005. “Iconology” is more than enough compensation for the long break away from the spotlights.
A surprise for her fans as she announced on social media while celebrating her video Vanguard Award to take place at Monday night’s MTV video Music Awards. She writes “This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful. Thank you for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me! So, I have a suprise for you… let’s continue the celebration at midnight tonight…I’m dropping a collection of new songs!”
Of all the tracks in the “Iconology” album including “Cool Off”, “DripDemeanor”, “Why I Still Love You”, “Throw it Back” has got us going crazy as it not only makes a loud statement, but shows a different side to Missy, who is not afraid to boast of her accomplishments.
The “Throw Back” video begins with a girl who finds herself in an art gallery themed after Missy Elliott. Teyana Taylor then steps in and lets her know she is in “The Hall of Missy”. The girl doesn’t seem to know who Missy Elliott is and Taylor introduces Missy as “The innovator of all innovators? The avant de garde? The game-changing sensation.”
The next scene then shows the icon herself alongside dancers as she personally reminds us of who she is (although it’s not like we could ever forget in the first place). “If there’s competition, I put them to shame, different kind of chick, we are not the same”, Missy raps “I did records for Tweet before y’all could even tweet”.
Definitely no arguments there as fans, colleagues and even competitors have respect for Missy, who has worked with artists like Beyonce, Jay Z, Madonna, Katy Perry, Janet Jackson and has been making hit songs like “Work It”, “Get Ur Freak On”, “Lose Control” and “Gossip Folks” while consistently pushing until she became more than just an artist but a creator, a mentor and an inspiration to many especially females in the industry.
Over 20 years in music and so many awards she could practically “live on the moon”. Missy Elliott is back with a bang and we can’t help but bow to the queen.