Missy Elliott Is Giving Us a 'Collection of New Songs,' Also Known As an ALBUM

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This is not a drill, a test, or an examination. I am not your proctor. Missy Elliott is releasing a new Missy Elliott album at midnight on Friday, her first solo project in 14 years.


Missy calls it “a collection of new songs” under the title Iconology. “Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance!” she wrote on Instagram and Twitter. Yes, let’s.

It’s a timely surprise. Earlier this year, Missy became the first woman rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for her decades of writing; and on Monday she’ll receive a belated Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards, for her timeless music video innovation.

Missy has shared occasional one-off singles and collaborations (on “Tempo” with Lizzo) over the years, and even a music video. But we can all agree it’s high time she brought her future-cool style into the present in album form and reminded people how this is done.

Culture Editor, Jezebel


Executor Elassus

ohshit. You guys, Better was great and the video was fantastic, her cameo on Tempo was great, I cannot wait for this. This woman has been blowing my mind for over 20 years, it’s unreal.

I really hope that petition to tear down some traitor’s statue in her hometown in Virgina goes through, and they replace it with a statue of her with her mirror-mosaic outfit from WTF.