Twenty-five years ago, the world was introduced to Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott when she released her debut studio album Supa Dupa Fly. Last weekend, the hip-hop pioneer spoke with Rolling Stone on her decade-spanning career and her recent partnership with tequila brand Patròn.
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Missy Elliott, the decade-spanning rapper, songwriter, and producer, has a lot to be thankful for this year. Today marks 25 years since her first album, Supa Dupa Fly, and 20 years since her fourth studio album, Under Construction featuring the smash hit “Work It.”
Also, similar to Remy Ma, her hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia, recently named a street after her, and her new wax figure was unveiled at Madame Tussaud’s iconic wax museum. Elliot recently spoke with Rolling Stone to reflect on her storied career and new partnership with Patròn.
The two collaborated to release Patròn El Alto. Sold for $179, the drink is made with a blend of Reposado, Anejo, and Extra Anejo tequilas in a tall blue bottle.
Missy Elliott, Other Rappers Partnering With Liquor Companies
Elliott joins other rappers who’ve released their signature line of alcoholic beverages. Snoop Dogg put out his line of wine in partnership with 19 Crimes titled, Snoop Cali Red, and Sean “Diddy” Combs” has a long-standing relationship with the premium vodka Ciroc.
On remaining creative in her career, Ms. Supa Dupa Fly shared:
“I continuously push the envelope just to do something that’s greater than the last. And it just keeps getting higher, the expectations for myself.”
Despite her accolades, she believes there are still many other talented artists waiting to be discovered.
“The newer ones I’d like to see are the ones that make that impact. Impact is not about how many records you release, but about how you make the people feel.”
In 2019, the MTV Video Vanguard Award recipient recently posed with her wax figure in a series of playful photos on Instagram rocking the same “Iconic” chain.