Missy Elliott Interview
Issue: June 2001
Story Headline: Freaky Tales
Background: Unleash the freak. After years of avoiding being just another overtly sexy rapper, Missy Elliot was ready to show that she too could talk sex. Missy turned up the heat, musically and visually, when she set out to release her third LP. The "Hot Boyz" rapper was not afraid to show a different side of herself to VIBE and her fans while staying true to herself.
Article Excerpt: When you're Missy's kind of beautiful--the kind that doesn't fit the standard set by mainstream, white America--you can't be co-opted by a music industry that values the commodification of flesh. When Missy raps "Get Ur Freak On," it sounds less like an invitation and more like a command, and you'd better obey. "I don't trip because it doesn't have to be about getting all butter ball naked and singing "Oops!... I Did It Again," says Elliott. "If you got talent, you just have to do you. If they want to take their clothes off and sell those records, fine- just call me to do a song on your album!"