7 Songs You Didn’t Know Missy Elliott Has Written For Other Artists


In 2019, Missy Elliott made history. The five-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer was the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Even before starting with Supa Dupa Fly by 1997, Elliott was already writing for and producing other artists. Credited with her real name Melissa A. Elliott, the rapper wrote and produced songs for Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Fantasia and Monica from the mid-90s through the 2010s.

Here are seven songs that Missy Elliott has written for other artists for nearly 30 years.

1. “One in a Million”, Aaliyah (1996)
Written by Missy Elliott and Timothy Z. Mosley (Timbaland); Produced by Timbaland

After the great success of its debut in 1994, Age is just a numberproduced by R. Kelly, then newcomers Missy Elliott and Timbaland were brought on board to write a song for her second album, which blossomed into eight tracks, including the hit single “One In a Million” .

Intro’d by Missy Elliott’s sultry chorus of I like it baby, I like it baby, I like it baby“One In A Million,” written by Elliott and Timbaland and released on Aaliyah’s album of the same name, centers on the excitement of finding true, true love.

Baby, you don’t know what you do to me
Between me and you I feel an alchemy
I won’t leave anyone
Come take your place
‘Cause the love you give, it can’t be replaced

So no one else loves me like you
That’s why I don’t mind spending my life with you
I want to please you in every possible way
I want to share my world, don’t you understand?

Recorded between August 1995 and July 1996, one in a million features collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Darryl Simmons, Carl-So-Lowe, J. Dibbs, Darren Lighty, Kay Gee, Vincent Herbert, Rodney Jerkins and Craig King with guest appearances from Elliott, Timbaland, Slick Rick and Treach.

Timbaland and Elliott formed a close bond with Aaliyah after working on the album and ended up co-writing “Are You Feelin’ Me?” one of several tracks performed by Aaliyah for the soundtrack to the 2000 martial arts action film Romeo must diewhich featured the late actress in her film debut and first leading role, alongside Jet Li.

The pair also wrote and composed tracks on Aaliyah’s third and final self-titled album, released more than a month before the R&B singer died on August 25, 2001, at the age of 22.

2. “Babydoll”, Mariah Carey (1997)
Written by Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey

Released on her sixth album Butterfly“Babydoll”, which was never released as a single, features Carey’s sweet vocals dripping with tantalizing lyrics:

Zone thinking about
You and me between the sheets
I want to get intimate
But you’re out of my reach
So I’ll have some more wine
And I’ll try to drink you out of my head

The album also features songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, tracks produced by Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, and more, as well as a Prince’s cover. purple rain track “The Beautiful Ones”, featuring R&B group Dru Hill.

3. “In My Business”, Whitney Houston, with Missy Elliott (1998)
Written and produced by Missy Elliott, Kelvin “KB” Bradshaw and Lloyd “Spec” Turner

On Whitney Houston’s fourth album, my love is your love features songs written by everyone from Wyclef Jean, David Foster, Lauryn Hill and Babyface. Missy Elliott produced and co-wrote “In My Business”, featuring Kelvin “KB” Bradshaw and Lloyd “Spec” Turner, a song examining some of the outside noise and external jealousies surrounding a relationship.

Baby why so many people tell me
They saw you in the mall
Are they wrong
All about a chick
As if I did not exist
What is that

Why they’re all in my company
It’s just too ridiculous
I can not sleep
They keep warning me
should i believe it
They say I don’t need it
Don’t they know I made my decision, my decision

The trio also co-wrote and produced a second track on Houston’s album titled “Oh Yes.”

4. “Confessions”, Destiny’s Child, with Missy Elliott (1999)
Written and produced by Missy Elliott, Donald Holmes and Gerard Thomas

Missy Elliott co-wrote and produced “Confessions” for Destiny’s Child’s second album, The Writing’s on the Wall. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in 1999, earned Destiny’s Child six Grammy nominations and was certified eight times platinum, selling over 6.4 million copies alone. in the USA. For the Japanese edition of the album, Elliott also wrote the track “Get on the Bus” with Timbaland, which also features on the track.

He put his arms around my waist
Knowing that I need love so he
Gently grabbed my face
He kissed me like a dude could never
Kiss a girl before
So you know what happened baby
I don’t need to say more

5. “Where are my daughters?” 702 (1999)
Written and produced by Missy Ellott, Eric L. Seats and Rapture D. Stewart

Originally written for TLC’s third album, fan mail, Missy Elliott ended up producing “Where My Girls At?” featuring Keybeats for R&B group 702 as the lead single from the band’s self-titled album. Elliott also co-wrote and produced the 702 “Gotta Leave” track with Eric Seats and Rapture Stewart.

Now these other chicks don’t even come near you
Anything less than a penny, ain’t negotiable
There, holla Fabolous when I swing the Testarossa through
Maybe ’cause I’m close to Clue, I’m on posters too
I swing so much ice, you need shades for a closer view
I honk, that’s all I do
Like what this player supposed to do
Fuck it, pack your bags, let’s spend the weekend at Costa boo
Do you feel that?

6. “Signs”, Beyoncé, with Missy Elliott (2003)
Written and produced by Missy Elliott, Nisan Stewart and Craig Brockman

Missy returned to work with former Destiny’s Child singer Beyoncé for her debut in 2003, Dangerously in love, writing the track “Signs”. Although the song was never released as a single, the album won Beyoncé five Grammy awards in 2004, including Best Contemporary R&B Album.

In December, each sign has its own mode
I was in love with a Sagittarius
Look at the emotions he put me through
From Capricorn to Aquarius
They all have their different minds
The affection of a Virgin
Which sign matches mine

I was in love with a Sagittarius, he blew my mind
He also had a backhand too similar to a Gemini
He was weird like a Taurus the way he handled me yeah
Coquette like and Aries
Which sign suits me best?

7. “Burn it!” Janet Jackson, with Missy Elliott (2015)
Written and produced by Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Dwayne Allen Abernathy, James Samuel III Harris and Terry Steven Lewis

Mainly a personal collection of songs, Janet Jackson’s 11th album, Unbreakable, explored topics close to the artist’s life, including the death of his brother Michael in 2009 and aspects of his childhood. “Burn It Up” is a more uptempo synthesized track that breaks for the dance floor.

When the DJ plays that, we gon’ dance like nobody’s watching
Hey Mr DJ drop this track and won’t you turn it up
I’ll dance the night away and I don’t care who’s watching
Just give me that fire and I’ll show you how to burn it
When the DJ plays that, we gon’ dance like nobody’s watching
Hey Mr DJ drop this track and won’t you turn it up
I’ll dance the night away and I don’t care who’s watching
Just give me that fire and I’ll show you how to burn it (come on)

“Burn it!” also marked the fourth time Jackson and Elliott have collaborated. The two first became friends while working on Jackson’s 1998 hit, “Son of a Gun,” from Jackson’s seventh album, All for you– which also included Carly Simon, who also helped co-write the track.

Photo: Atlantic Records


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