There is no denying that the artist we’re saluting in this week’s From The Vault has one of the most impressive videographies of all time.
Missy Elliott is the mastermind behind today’s selection: it’s the iconic ‘Get Ur Freak On.’
The definition of “time flies,” ‘Freak’ was released exactly 20 years ago and it remains a dance floor filler ’til this day. Produced by her partner in crime Timbaland, it was issued as the lead single from Elliott’s third studio album ‘Miss E… So Addictive.’
The Bhangra-inspired tune was a chart and critical success all over the world, peaking at #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, #12 on the Canadian charts, and #4 on the UK Singles Charts, and placed 14th on Rolling Stone’s Best Songs of the 2000s.
Its music video was directed by the incomparable Dave Meyers – marking the first of many collaborations between the rapper and the director.
Featuring cameos by Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Eve, and LL Cool J among others, the visual is set in an edgy surrounding and packs slick choreography executed by fascinatingly agile dancers in an underground party setting.
As was customary in the early 2000s, the end of the video famously cuts to another bop from the ‘So Addictive’ album, ‘Lick Shots’, with Missy and her girls jamming to the song while driving around.
Evidenced by the resurgence of this very track after her guest spot during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, it’s evident Missy’s music has aged like fine wine and possesses an ever-enduring appeal.
Having warmed us up with mini-project ‘Iconology,’ we can’t wait until Missy blesses us with a new full-fledged set.
We’re ready when you are, Missy!