Born as Melissa Elliot in Portsmouth, Virginia, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot is a pioneering female rapper to first make waves in the 1990s with hits like “Gossip” and “Get Ur Freak On”. But in a surprising move, it seemed that Missy went quiet at the height of her success. Find out why, where she’s been and what’s next in store for the rap icon.
Despite a financially difficult childhood, Missy’s talents were apparent early on. She grew up singing in the church choir and knew from a young age she wanted to be a performer.
Things got tougher for Missy and her mother as she entered her teens due to the abusive nature of her father. After several violent assaults, Missy and her mother fled for their safety. “When we left, my mother realized how strong she was on her own,” stated Missy.
Missy was already crafting her art and artistic persona before graduating high school in 1990. She and her neighborhood friends formed groups and projects together. Most notable of those friends was Timothy Mosley, now better known as Timbaland.