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Missy Elliott says she had no idea her debut album, ‘Supa Dupa Fly,’ would change the spectrum of hip-hop


Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Something in the WaterMissy Elliott‘s storied career has served as the blueprint for the artists of today and many more to come. 

But, if you ask Missy “Misdemeanor,” she never imagined her debut album Supa Dupa Fly would have such an everlasting impact on the spectrum of hip-hop. 

“During the Supa Dupa Fly era I had no idea that it would change the spectrum of hip-hop. The sound the world heard during that album, [Timbaland] and I had been doing that sound many years before the world heard it,” the veteran lyricist explained in a new interview with Billboard.

The effort, which was released in 1997 under Elektra Records, was produced solely by Elliott’s close friend and frequent collaborator Timbaland. The chart-topping album features the hit singles “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and “Sock It 2 Me.”

Since its release, it has gone on to sell 1.2 million copies and be certified platinum by the RIAA. 

“So to us, it’s just what we were doing. It was our sound. We didn’t listen to radio or watch TV back then so we didn’t know we were creating a sound unheard of because we weren’t listening to anything else to compare our sound to,” Elliott added. 

Elsewhere in the interview, the decorated artist gushed about her historic induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as the first female hip-hop act. 

“To know my work has not been in vain and recognized by many makes it all worth it. To be inducted with other phenomenal writers, for that I am humbly grateful,” she told the publication. 

In addition, Elliott also revealed that she’s eager to collaborate with the likes of Rihanna and Andre 3000. Hopefully, sooner than later for fans sake as she gears up to drop her first album since 2005. 

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