Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971), is an American musician, hip hop recording artist, dancer and record producer. Known professionally under her stage name Missy „Misdemeanor” Elliott or simply Missy Elliott, Elliott embarked on her music career with all-female R&B group Sista in the early 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and producer Timbaland with whom she worked on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV. Following several guest collaborative work, in 1997, she launched her solo career with the release of her debut album Supa Dupa Fly, which spawned the hit single „The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and „Sock It 2 Me”. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, the highest-charting debut for a female rapper up to that the time. Her following album Da Real World, produced the singles „She’s a Bitch”, „All n My Grill”, and the top five hit „Hot Boyz”. With the release of Miss E… So Addictive, Under Construction (2002), and This Is Not a Test! (2003) Elliott established an international career and followed with the hits „Get Ur Freak On”, „One Minute Man”, „4 My People”, „Gossip Folks”, and „Work It”, the latter of which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance, eventually winning five Grammy Awards and selling over 30 million records in the United States.