Missy Elliott

2023 Essence Festival Of Culture

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Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has left her print in every genre from Hip-Hop and R&B to pop and gospel. The Virginia bred legend not only made waves in front of the camera — her work as a producer and songwriter lands her on the Mount Rushmore of the best artists in music history. Missy’s influence in both Hip-Hop and R&B is still widely prominent in today’s music.

Her unique personal style and eclectic visuals have paved the way for artists of all genres and genders to confidently express themselves in their work. In 2023, Missy became the first female rapper to be voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The accolade still doesn’t hold a candle to flowers Misdemeanor truly deserves.

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