Long before her jaw-dropping performance at Super Bowl 49’s Halftime Show, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott solidified herself as an eccentric, but wickedly talented singer-songwriter and producer who dominated the 1990’s and early 2000s.
During a sit down with Scott Vener and Pharrell on his Beats 1 Radio show OTHERtone, Missy recalled first working with Puff Daddy, and asked if she could record her verse for Gina Thompson’s 1996 song “The Things You Do” alone. Puffy obliged, but soon questioned Missy’s animated lyrical choice on the R&B track, which would later become the song’s trademark.
“I went in, I did the rap and he came in and I walked out because I didn’t want to see what he was going to say,” Elliott said. “He came out and was like ‘Yo money, what the f–k did you say? ‘Hee-Hee-Hee-Hee-How?’ What kind of s–t is that?’ And little did I know that, that was going to be the tagline and that DJs would always bring that back.”
Missy and Skateboard P, who recently collaborated on her comeback track “WTF” (Where They From) stroll down memory lane and speak on the importance of being a student of music, being a true artist and the importance of creativity.
Check out the three-part interview below.