Missy Elliott is one of the most influential female artists in the music industry. From the 90’s hair and baggy clothing to the creative visuals to her music videos, the “Work It” rapper’s contributions to hip-hop continuously goes unnoticed. According to Chart Data, she recently became the only female rapper to have six albums reach certified platinum.
After discovering the exciting news, Elliott took to Twitter and expressed how grateful she was to be in the industry for over 30 years and still accomplished so much in her career.
“This is a HUGE MILESTONE! No matter how long it took to get here, I am here & I AM HUMBLYGRATEFUL,” tweeted the rapper. “To all my SISTERS in HIP-HOP, y’all keep doing yall thang & SHINING.”
The 50-year-old acknowledged RIAA’s post to congratulate the rapper’s recent success in a follow-up tweet.
This is a HUGE MILESTONE!🎉No matter how long it took to get here I am here & I AM HUMBLYGRATEFUL💜🙏🏾To all my SISTERS in HIPHOP yall keep doing yall thang & SHINING🙌🏾 https://t.co/R4FpHVAaqQ
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 29, 2022
“God knows I’ve worked hard for many years, but I am so grateful to my fans #TheSupaFriends,” she tweeted.
🎉🎉A Celebration🙌🏾 HISTORY! This is PURE SALES 🎉God knows I’ve worked hard for many years😩But I am so GRATEFUL to My FANS/ #TheSupaFriends EVERY BLOGGER/Dj’s/Radio/ Atlantic/Elektra Records Dancers! To EVERY1 I LOVE YOU ALL💜@RIAA hugs to y’all to🤗🥰 https://t.co/cNrqLRShKR
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) February 3, 2022
Elliott, born Melissa Arnette Elliott, is a Portsmouth, Virginia native whose career launched in the early ’90s as a rapper, songwriter, and producer. She released hit after hit, including “Supa Dupa Fly,” “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and many more top-charting singles. Elliott has collaborated with some of the industry’s most profound artists, such as Ginuwine, Lil’ Kim, Keyshia Cole, and the late Aaliyah.
In June 2019, Elliott became the first woman rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Associated Press reported.
“Every time I come up to a podium … even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here,” Elliott said at the award ceremony. “I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers, ‘Do not give up.’ We all go through writer’s block. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don’t give up because I’m standing here. And this is big for hip-hop, too.”
Last month, Elliott announced that she plans to release a limited number of her sixth studio album, The Cookbook, as an original vinyl and double LP.
The album is now available for purchase.