Missy’s Back

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In the wake of the overwhelmingly positive response to her release of “WTF (Where They From),” which marked the artist’s first significant release since 2005, Missy Elliot spoke to iD about taking time out and returning to the craft:

I never stopped recording, but I went through a period where… the one thing that a lot of people don’t know is that for as long as I’ve been as artist, I’ve been a writer and a producer. So I’ve had to write and produce for other artists and then maintain my sound and myself as an artist. So all that time, I was doing Missy and also making sure I was giving all of these other artists a different sound too. That was hard for me….A lot of people don’t do this. You can count on a couple of hands probably how many artists also produce and write, both for themselves and for others and are able to be successful at both things. So I needed a break. But in that break I felt like I lost time.

Watch the song’s video after the jump.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →