Single Review: Missy Elliott returns, united with Pharrell Williams for comeback single, “WTF”!

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WTF!  It finally happened. Missy Elliott is back! Or is she? Today marks the release of Missy Elliott’s first video and single in quite some years after new single “WTF (Where They From)” hit the web.  Note that her last full length studio album was 2005’s The Cookbook which boasted mega hit “Lose Control,” featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop. The new single features fellow hitmaking singer/songwriter/rapper/producer and VA native Pharrell, who also makes a return to his rapping roots as well, during the second verse.

Was the song worth the wait and hype thats been building?  Not quite so much.  Will the song still give lovers of Missy Elliott’s past hits including “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It,” that Missy flow we’ve come to love and enjoy? Undoubtedly yes!  What “WTF (Where They From)” doesn’t provide, however is a super catchy beat or chorus that songs like “Gossip Folks,” and “Hot Boyz” offer.  The new tune seems more fitting to have been the perfect buzz single to release following Missy’s surprise feature during Katy Perry’s February 2015 Super Bowl performance.  Back when the new crop of kids thought Missy was a new rapper … only to find out she is a legend with hits dating back to before many were even born!

We shouldn’t discredit Missy Elliott just yet, though.  She’s had a knack for creating music that somehow crosses over musical and age boundaries in the past.  Will it be a grower hit? Maybe the world just needs to get re-inclined to who and what Missy Elliott is: one of the best to do it for female Hip-Hop – ever! Currently, the song sits just outside the iTunes Top 10, at #11 (as of 9PM EST).

With all things considered, the song is certainly a great sign for any fans of Missy Elliott, Hip-Hop music in general, and especially for women in Hip-Hop.  Over the last decade, women in Hip-Hop haven’t been half as popular as they were in its hey day (think 1995-2005: Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim, Eve, Foxy Brown, Trina, and more, all had simultaneous, successful runs), only Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj have seen the mainstream success as their fellow femcee idols.  The release of new Missy music could only mean future Missy Elliott music to follow, perhaps an album, and of course her continuing to inspire more new rappers to follow suit!

Score:

80/ 97

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