Watch: Missy Elliott Explains Music Hiatus / Promises Return

Published: Wednesday 5th Feb 2014 by Sam
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Nine years.

It’s astounding to think that almost a decade has passed since Missy Elliott last blessed the charts with a new album.

The hit-making rapper has maintained a low profile, choosing in recent years to primarily produce for others. And while 2012 brought with it new material in the form of new songs ‘Triple Threat’ and ‘9th inning’ (both produced by longtime production parter Timbaland), the parent album ‘Block Party’ has yet to hit stores.

During a recent interview on The Yo Show on Yahoo, Elliott explained at length the reasons for her hiatus and offered an update on her comeback.

Check out the interview below…


In recent years, for one reason or another the female rap scene has become monopolized. Therefore, Missy’s return remains hotly anticipated for yours truly — and clearly so many others. She is “the” blueprint.

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  1. The CAT Speaks February 5, 2014

    Hehe 😀

    Im So Ready For This Album !!!

  2. LA LA February 5, 2014

    Missy Elliott is the only past artist to come back and I strongly think would do well. She is up there with Lauryn Hill when it comes to female rap artist selling status.

  3. iconic cici February 5, 2014

    Missy and Kelly rowland are slaying in that pic 😉

  4. RUSTIC February 5, 2014

    Welcome back, Missy. I miss you for so long. Please bring back the realness of Hip Hop which has been saturated with too much same ole, same ole materialism. You keep slaying us with lots of fun and enjoyment and carefree.

  5. LA LA February 5, 2014

    @IconicCici I dont see Kelly Rowland….. (Awkward).

  6. iconic cici February 5, 2014

    @lala she behind the fence babe.

  7. SLAY_HIVE February 5, 2014

    LORD!!! I have been waiting for years!! #twerkanthemscoming

  8. Fierceyonce February 5, 2014

    She will flop and we all know it

  9. Xoxo February 5, 2014

    Lol she tried itttt

  10. The Boy Toy February 5, 2014

    Kiiii @ iconic cici

  11. The Boy Toy February 5, 2014

    I want a fresh hip hop R&B harmonizing mess like the song she did with J Cole. If it’s anything like those last two singles, I’ll pass!!

  12. Mark111 February 5, 2014

    All y’all that been waiting and Nicki haters better buy whatever Missy drops.

  13. Still I Rise! February 5, 2014

    Missy needs to bring her ass out that closet and stop with this gimmick sh-t. She’s been rapping about men for years as if she dates them. She been in the public eye for 23 years and we’ve never seen her with a man. I ain’t supporting her ass cause if she can’t be real about her sexuality and who she really is then she’s a gimmick. I can’t relate to fakeness. She don’t have to admit that she dates women but she needs to stop pretending that she date men cause to me that’s being FAKE. That’s why people been calling her a GIMMICK for years. I hope she never drops another album.

  14. The Boy Toy February 5, 2014

    @Mark you know they won’t lol. People sit on blogs and talk s*** but disappear when it’s time to support 😆
    Remember the Eve stans? What happened to them? 😆 😆 😆

  15. Jamie February 5, 2014

    And you’re still Future’s 9th baby mama

  16. Mark111 February 5, 2014

    The Boy Toy, I know they won’t. It’s all talk but no buy. To ME Missy is Queen of hip hop. I think the way labels works now is what holding her back. Do you want a lable to take a % out of all your checks from other businesses?

  17. YONCE AKA BEYONSLAY February 5, 2014

    MISSLAY ELLIOTT IS WHAT THE GAMES BEEN MISSING

  18. avenger February 5, 2014

    Eh. She didn’t really say nothing. All she did was give a generic “it’s coming…I’m working on it” reply that she’s been saying about it for years now.

    It’s one thing to take your time and do it right and it’s another thing to drag your heels. After a while the anticipation evaporates and people move on to something else. In other words, she needs to hurry up.

  19. TheHive February 5, 2014

    Yasss! CAN’T WAIT! Now this is the REAL queen of rap!

  20. FutureCIARA February 5, 2014

    B**** when I tell you I cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) February 5, 2014

    @IconicCiCi you’re such a hateful b*tch lol

    Anyway, I love Missy not only for her music but her personality is so lighthearted and positive. Can’t wait to support her new albums. Missy don’t get pressure to do anything but you, F*ck numbers and charts too, that makes no difference when I’m bumping your album in my BMW

  22. NICKI IS QUEEN OTHER B****** TAKE A SEAT February 6, 2014

    @Still I Rise

    some logic you have! have several seats… but she will flop #noshade

  23. Sailor Moon stan (Navy) *****Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon reboot coming 2014!!! February 6, 2014

    I’m not really here for it. What was the last single she had? Whatever it was it was a dated mess. I love her old work though and if its good I’ll bu..download it but, Im just not here for old lady rappers. sorry.

  24. the real xoxo February 6, 2014

    i’m buying the album whenever it comes out.
    ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ is still one of my favourite albums of all time.

  25. D100 February 6, 2014

    Not only her many artist from the early 2000 era keep saying the same thing and actually that looses their chances of actually having a succesfull comeback and album to that as well…this is why that music industry very fickle its not consistant only the greats survive.

  26. Patrick February 6, 2014

    Here is something you may not know. When a person is asked a question, and they look to the left while contemplating their answer………..its a lie. Psychology and science have proven this to be true. If you are making something up or fabricating something, you look to the left. If you are being honest or telling something based on a real event, you look to the right. Police and FBI use this in interviews and interrogations. You can use it with friends and family.

    That being said, when asked anything about a new album…….our girl Missy looked off to the left for most of her replies. Based on science, that would mean she is making up her replies and has no idea if and when she will come up with anything new or release a new album. When she was discussing Faith Evans, she looked straight on and to the right, which means that part of the interview was true.

  27. D100 February 6, 2014

    I tried to have lenience with the artist from the 90s and early 2000 era but I think most of their time is up and they just need to retire, rather than coming out with a album after 10 years and think your going to regain your status and popularity its not gonna work.Sorry missy but I cant see you filling out a whole stadium with a new album after 10 years.

  28. MusicStan (ya’ll know who I stan for) February 6, 2014

    For ya’ll that are saying Missy will flop, please stop trying to predict these artist future, I think she might be huge whenever she decided to come out with new music…. they are some people who want more female mc’s to shine beside nicki, don’t get me wrong nicki has been and still is doing her thing but with all these male mc’s out and little to none females out the competition is boring.. hence why nicki is other things in her career, I personally think if there are more female mc’s that are in the limelight nicki would work hard on her album…. it would be fun to see the competition in the female mc’s

  29. IStanForYourFav February 6, 2014

    LIKE OMG!!!! I can’t wait. I just don’t want to kill herself because I know she has Graves Disease which part of the reason she disappeared anyway. I remember being a little girl and hopping up and down and trying to remember the choreography to Missy, Ludacris, Busta, Outkast, & more creative videos. Miss those days. Teardrop fell from my Left Eye. (Pun intended) (RIP)

  30. Back 2 J February 6, 2014

    I really want to hear song “Murder She Wrote” with Lil Kim & Eve. Definitely want to hear new music from Missy & Kim. I really liked her song “9th Inning” but she has had health problems & record label problems that did not promote her right.

  31. Dainfamousro February 7, 2014

    the reason why EVE didnt sell was because stores didnt carry her album it took me a month 2 actually find the album at a best buy store her LP was like it never even came out since she did it independently but im sure she profited off what was shipped!

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