Missy Elliott

“My Girls Rock Chanel and Smoke Mad Marijuana”: A Girl-Stoner 4/20 Playlist

Friends, the holiday weekend is upon us. By that I mean Easter, sure, but also 4/20 — a silly, unnecessary occasion that tends to attract and evoke the very stupidest, most cliché elements of stoner culture. But hey, it’s also a great excuse to make a playlist. In this case, inspired by both The Cut’s excellent lady-tokers-on-film supercut and the appallingly poor representation of women on these types of lists, it’s a collection of stoner anthems and weed shout-outs by female artists (and female-fronted bands). Because in these post-Broad City times, none of us should ever have to hear Bob Dylan bleat “Everybody must get stoned” again. … Read More

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Witty Vintage-Style Ads Starring Contemporary Music Icons

There’s just a week and a half left before the new Mad Men season rolls out, but in case the ’60s-style withdrawal is too much to bear, Ads Libitum has the graphic design beat covered. Run by David Redon, the Tumblr has been posting faux-aged ads starring pop culture figures from the last two decades since July 2013. Redon’s favorite subject is musicians, but the full site has a spot for Breaking Bad‘s Pollos Hermanos as well. Click through for thoroughly retro renditions of OutKast, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, and more. … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: ‘Broad City’ Music Supervisor Matt FX Talks Last Night’s Epic Drake/Missy Elliott Tribute

The cold open on last night’s Broad City was easily one of the best TV moments of the year so far. In a nod to Missy Elliott’s iconic Hype Williams video for “The Rain (Super Dupa Fly)” — you know, the one where she wears a trash bag onesie — protagonists Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson hit up the bank for a fat deposit by making it rain, ’90s rap video style. But the song heard in the scene is not Missy’s, nor is it a sound-alike. It’s a track perhaps better known to Broad City‘s core demographic: Drake’s “Started From the Bottom.” … Read More

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The 50 Best Debut Singles in Music History

The music nerd contingent at Flavorwire central recently got a-talking about our favorite debut single. The list is nearly endless, but once you start to think about it, picking out the best isn’t quite as easy as you might think — “Alison” wasn’t Elvis Costello’s first single, for instance, nor was “Take Me Out” Franz Ferdinand’s debut or “Unfinished Sympathy” Massive Attack’s. Of course, this discussion inevitably led to list-making, and here’s the result: our picks for the 50 best debut singles the world of music has to… Read More

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The 20 All-Time Best Lyrics About Sex

Last week, we ran a feature on some of the most ridiculous and cringe-inducing lyrics about sex that pop music has given us over the years. A couple of commenters asked whether we’d be running a similar feature about good lyrics on the same subject, and the answer is “yes, definitely,” and in the pursuit of egalitarianism, we have indeed gathered a list of some of our favorite lyrics about… Read More

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The 50 Albums Everyone Needs to Own, 1963-2013

No one buys albums anymore, goes the music industry truism. And yet, for all that the format’s commercial viability may or may not be on the wane, sitting and listening to a great album from start to finish is one of the greatest pleasures that music can bring. Flavorwire recently got to thinking about how one might build a record collection if you really only did buy one record a year. So here’s the result of our thought exercise: 50 albums you really should own, one a year from 1963 until the present… Read More

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Missy Elliott Smith Meets Hillbilly Corgan: Hilarious Musician Mash-up Drawings

You may have seen an amusing drawing entitled “Beach Boyz N the Hood” doing the rounds of late. It’s the work of artist Justin Hager, who makes art depicting amusing imaginary pop cultural intersections. We came across a selection of his work at The Daily Dot, and giggled our way through the rest of Hager’s Tumblr in search of his best work. Check out a selection of our favorites after the jump — we may not know much about art, but we know what we like, and all that. (OK, we do actually know a bit about art, but the point is, these are hilarious.) … Read More

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20 Classic Female-Fronted Hip Hop Tracks

Oh, Rolling Stone. Sometimes you make it so easy. We try not to spend too much of our time nitpicking the amusingly out-of-touch pontifications of Jann Wenner’s empire, but occasionally something comes along that annoys us so much that it’s hard not to react. So it was recently, when the magazine’s editors came back from the mountain with stone tablets purporting to contain “The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.” In fairness, reading RS for hip hop recommendations is like reading Trucking Monthly for advice on bicycles, but even so, if you’re going to claim to make a definitive list, you don’t relegate Nas’s “NY State of Mind” to #31 (11 places behind 50 Cent’s risible “In Da Club”) — and, more annoyingly, you don’t make the mistake of including only three songs featuring female vocalists. … Read More

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Hear Missy Elliott and Timbaland’s “Triple Threat” and “9th Inning”

There’s one distinct advantage to making your audience wait seven years between albums: When you come back with new material, no one can deny you elderstateswoman status. So it’s good news for us that Missy Elliott, who has spent the last few years battling Graves disease, earns that designation in a pair of new songs she debuted on YouTube last night. The tracks both feature her longtime collaborator, Timbaland, and find Elliott making a strong case that her rhymes, sounds, and attitude are just as fresh as they were a decade ago.

“Guess who back, yup I’m the best / I’m that chick, ’cause I’m a triple threat / Two-fifty mil and who can top that / I slap whoever said I’m irrelevant,” Elliott tells us on “Triple Threat.” The song doubles as a celebration of the Missy/Timbaland team and a statement of purpose for an ambitious return, all over spacy beats and vocal distortions. “9th Inning” tackles similar themes — it is, of course, about coming back from behind and winning the whole thing — while managing to evoke the most intense moment in a film soundtrack over and over again. Like their previous collaborations, these are songs that sound a bit strange on first listen, but only because they’re not quite like anything else out there. Hear both tracks after the jump and let us know how thrilled you are to have Missy back in the comments. … Read More

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