After a six-year hiatus, VH1 brought back their Hip-Hop Honors show to recognize some of the most iconic rappers of all time. Featuring performances by new artists citing massive influence from hip-hop veterans, like Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Salt-N-Pepa, and of course, Missy Elliott. The 8th annual show was an All Hail the Queens special, with the much-needed recognition of women in hip-hop. With a career spanning multiple decades, Missy is one of the most influential artists in the genre, male or female. In celebration of her and her fellow queens, here are 10 classic Missy Elliott songs with unparalleled replay value.
1. WORK IT
"Work It", a track produced by Timbaland, is Missy Elliotts most successful single to date. It peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, is currently her most played track on Spotify, and subsequently made the word "badonkadonk" a very real thing.
2. GET UR FREAK ON
Rooted in a heavily Indian bhangra beat and featuring Japanese lyrics. The sonically diverse song was embeded into the background of basically every movie released in the 2000's.
3. LOSE CONTROL
This song is iconic, through and through. Featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop, this dance track peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted in a ton of other countries as well.
4. PASS THAT DUTCH
This song was featured in Mean Girls, so if it wasn't already an anthem of the 2000s, the cult movie secures its spot.
5. THE RAIN (Supa Dupa Fly)
The music video for this song was the beginning of Missy Elliott's partnership with Hype Williams and featured some pretty wild visuals like the singer wearing an inflated trash bag. "The Rain" also samples from Ann Peebles 1973 song, "I Cant Stand the Rain".
6. SHE'S A BITCH
Another song co-written by Timbaland, Missy Elliott turned the word "bitch" around on this track. It secured her spot as one of the most influential female hip-hop artists of all time, and let's not forget Hype Williams' music video for the song which had insane production value for 1999.
7. ONE MINUTE MAN
Featuring guest vocals by Ludacris, Missy Elliott again turns the tables with "One Minute Man". The sassy, challenging, seductive and more-than-suggestive lyricism is the highlight of this track, peaking at no. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001.
8. TAKE AWAY
This soul track featuring guest vocals by Ginuwine was dedicated to Aaliyah, a close friend and collaborator who died tragically in a plane crash in 2001.
9. GOSSIP FOLKS
Featuring rapper, Ludacris, Missy Elliott shoots down all the rumors circulating about her in this song, from her weight to who she's sleeping with. This song was another hit, released in 2002, it hit no .8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
10. HOT BOYZ
Off her 1999 album Da Real World, this song featuring Lil' Mo was its biggest single. The remixed version with Nas, Eve, and Q-Tip blew up and broke the record for most weeks at the top of the US R&B Chart in 2000.