This summer will mark 20 years since Missy Elliott‘s Supa Dupa Fly album hit stores and broke barriers for all women emcee’s. This #FlashbackFriday we are highlighting Missy’s breakthrough year.
Rolling Stone called Supa Dupa Fly innovative, while others call it a classic. Elliot’s confidence was exactly where it needed to be at the time of the album release, and it showed. Not many are aware, but Missy had been in the game for years prior to her debut album co-produding and writing for some of our staple R&B girl groups like SWV, Aaliyah, 702 and Total.
Miss Demeanor grew up in Portsmouth, VA. The city she was raised in provided a lot of the inspiration behind her project. At the time of the debut, Missy Elliott and her mother still lived in Virginia which says a lot about the authenticity of the project and Missy staying true to herself and her family.
We couldn’t talk about this project without mentioning hit song “The Rain” either. Anyone who remembers the album also remembers how huge of a hit. This is one of the rare cases where the video carried the song further than the song did than it would’ve gone by itself. No matter where you go or how old you are, the blow up trash bag suit will forever remain legendary.
Directed by Hype Williams, the video set a standard and a trend when it came to music videos. Artists back then put just as much time and money into their videos as they did their production and image. Timbaland’s production behind the song was also superb. She and Timb’s vibe on a song together is still unmatched.
Missy went on to release three more number 1 albums since her debut.
20 years is a long career in any field. Missy’s track record can only speak for itself. She has nothing to prove but when an artist wants to keep setting standards for themselves, you can only expect greatness.
This July marks 20 years since Supa Dupa Fly and for all of the music collected out there, A special edition vinyl copy of it will be printed and sold at selected retailers.