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Well, well, well, this was quite a pleasant surprise. Pharrell Williams—who is racking up the awards tonight—opened the 2014 BET Awards with his latest single, “Come Get It Bae.” Then, when we thought his performance was about to be over, the super catchy beat for “Pass That Dutch” dropped and out walks Missy Elliot with a microphone in hand!
We can’t remember the last time we saw the 42-year-old hit-maker perform live, but homegirl did not miss a step, spitting her verses and popping those dance moves like she never left. We are soooo here for her return to the limelight.
I want to Thank my brother @Pharrell for believing in me and showing me so much love on his set! May God continue to bless u!
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) June 30, 2014
Last week, we told you that Missy dropped a verse on Faith Evans’ new track, “I Deserve It.”
Check out Missy’s performance with Pharrell below.
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It’s not time to count Faith Evans out. The first lady of Bad Boy has teamed up with Missy Elliot again (Remember they did “Burnin’ Up?) to release a new single, they’ve proclaimed to be a summer jam. The track starts with a woman saying “Make it hot for the summer, make it hot.” It’s called “I Deserve It.”
Essentially, the song about Faith telling any prospective boos that like L’Oréal she’s worth it. The chorus goes.
Cuz a girl like me is worth it.
Only want the best, cuz I deserve it
Just hold me down
You ain’t gotta be perfect
Cuz a girl like me is worth it.
And in addition to Faith’s vocals, which sound shockingly similar, if not identical, to how they sounded back in the ’90’s, rappers Sharaya J and Missy Elliot are also the track.
It’s jazzy but there are also elements of Hip Hop and old school R&B with some of the underlying production.
Take a listen to the song below and let us know what you think. Pass or Play?
Growing up we learned Missy Elliot’s colorful lyrics verbatim and practicing her music videos’ choreography was the thing to do in the living room of your cousins’ house. While back then her music may have been all fun and games, now that we’ve gotten older we realize she was asking speaking a lot of truth about men folk — I don’t want no one-minute man anybody? Check out these 10 love lessons from Missy and tell us what you’ve learned from the icon rapper.
Never give up the things you like to do once you begin dating. Most importantly, do not financially support a man who mistreats you.
“Gave you all my dough
When you needed it all the time
I thought you was the one
But you just a hit and run
Gave up clubs and parties
I put them aside
I stopped going to all the parties”
Song: Beep Me 911 Ft. 702
Six years ago today Jay Z and Beyonce tied the knot and officially became the most powerful couple in music. While they may not talk about their relationship openly to the press, both the rapper and the singer have referred to each other in their music. Celebrating their love for each other, we look at some of Jay and Beyonce’s cutest lyrics that they wrote about each other.
Beyonce featuring Jay Z – “Crazy In Love”
After achieving success with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce was ready to fly solo. Dropping her first solo album in 2003, Bey recruited the services of Jay Z for her first solo single. The two recorded the smash hit “Crazy In Love” and once it was released, it immediately shot up the Billboard charts. Jay Z boasted this was “history in the making” at the beginning of the song while Bey sang: “I look and stare so deep in your eyes. I touch on you more and more every time. When you leave I’m begging you not to go. Call your name two or three times in a row.”
Hype Williams has been making music videos since the early 90’s. With budgets that rivaled independent movies, Williams has worked with everyone in the game from The Notorious B.I.G. to Beyonce. Here’s a look at some of the 15 best Hype Williams music videos
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa”
The Notorious B.I.G. made waves with his first single “Juicy” but it was his second single “Big Poppa” that really helped put the Brooklyn emcee on the map. Set inside of a brownstone with a club-type atmosphere, Biggie said his rhymes while party-goers danced and others gambled over a game of dice. There were plenty of cameos in the video as well, including Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Busta Rhymes, Heavy D and of course Sean “Puffy” Combs, who was there in a hot tub full of women along with his then-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim.
Although Missy Elliott hasn’t graced the world with a new album in nearly nine years, she is considered to be one music’s most unique and game-changing female rapper-producers.
According to the LA Times, Elliott recently opened up on Yahoo’s “The Yo Show” about her hiatus from music and revealed that fans might have to hold tight a little longer before she drops another album.
“When I create something, it’s gotta be special and it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy,” she explained to Michael Yo via video chat.
To read more about why Missy’s been missing from the game, read the full story at Essence
Hip-hop is still a young artform, which means there is still a long way to go when it comes to giving respect where it is due. The women of hip-hop on the mic, in the studio, writing bars and battle rapping often don’t get the respect and recognition they deserve, so we decided to spotlight 15 women who’ve contributed to hip-hop in big ways.
Yo-Yo did her thing in the ’90s when she was featured on Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted album for “It’s a Man’s World.” Her debut album Make Way for the Motherlode in 1990 gained popularity with the single “You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo.” Although she didn’t receive mainstream success she continued to release albums that were authentic and true hip-hop. In 1992 she released her second album, Black Pearl that had a positive message which clashed with the current sound of gangsta rap. She went on to release three other albums and her single “Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” was ranked number 92 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.
There is no denying that little miss Kaycee Rice comes for it! The 10 year old little girl from Simi Valley, California recently competed at a dance competition and her performance garnered national attention when Katy Perry tweeted the video out to her 38 million followers with a simple compliment: !!!WeRk!!!’
RIce, who has been dancing since she was five years old and studied jazz, ballet and tap, danced to “Werqin’ Girl” by Shangela Laquifa choreographed by Missy Elliot’s choreographer Tricia Miranda.
And although the dance was hot fire, it’s got many people questioning whether it was too grown for a 10 year old, especially a ten year old wearing bedazzled booty shorts.
But Kaycee’s mom has a response for that.
‘It’s the performance, she’s not taking it home with her. She performs it and leaves and her hair looks like she’s just climbed out of bed, like a normal kid. I don’t worry about the moves as Kaycee doesn’t have a thought about what they are. She’s innocent and she’s not putting two and two together. It’s her being her, it’s the way she moves and that’s just her dance.”
Personally, I think it’s a shame we have to have this conversation but threats to children are very real. If this were my child, she probably could have done the dance with some longer pants on and been fine.
Check out the video on the next page and let us know what you think.
*Fantasia was the guest of honor at the (4/23/13) album release party for “The Side Effects of You” at XL Nightclub in New York City.
R&B crooners Kenny Latimore and Joe performed a tribute to Fantasia, and Missy Elliott graced the place to show support. Fantasia gave her guests and fans an impromptu performance of “Lose To Win,” but prior to the performance, she said:
“I haven’t had all this love since my first album. So, to have you guys come out and support me after all that I’ve been through. On this album I was able to tell my story. I didn’t let nobody speak for me, I said it the way I wanted to say it. And, I said before I go back into the studio, I won’t go back until they let me do what I want to.”
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Before there was Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks, Lil Mama, Remy Ma, Rye Rye or Kid Sister…before there were iPods, wireless Internet or digital music stores…there was the golden age of hip-hop; where female rappers such as Yo-Yo, Lady of Rage, Roxanne Shante, Da Brat, Mia X and Jean Grae were a mainstay on the scene-always delivering enthusiasm, originality and wisdom in a verse. They rapped persuasively apart, and also came together to make masterful collaborations (ex. Ladies Night and Ladies First). Of course, none of this is to say that present day female artists aren’t throwing down in the studio, but that back-in-the-day, raw talent and frill-less music videos could go a long way, especially when you already have the qualifying skills to be regarded as a true rap/hip-hop legend.
Queen Latifah is inarguably one of the most highly regarded female emcees of all time. She had a powerful, even flow that made audiences want to stop and listen. In her heyday, she produced energetic songs that were socially and politically conscious, often dwelling on gender issues and street violence. She gave us classics like “U.N.I.T.Y,” “Just Another Day,” “Ladies First,” and “Come Into My House”.