Missy Elliot 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
We’ve had our share of divas – in the best sense of the word – visit us
recently: Madonna, Rhianna, Sir Elton, a rumored but unsubstantiated private
appearance last month by Christina Aguilera, and even reports of Barbara
Streisand being approached to perform here.
But there’s no diva that
works it like Missy Elliot, who’ll be making her Israeli debut on July 15 at the
Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds. According to reports from the field, the onewoman
rap industry is showing no signs of letdown, despite being slightly past her mid
‘00s prime. And even with the riches and acclaim, she can still live up to her
At an appearance on July 3 at the Barclaycard Wireless
Festival at London’s Hyde Park, Elliott showed up a half-hour late before
commandeering the stage in her signature Adidas tracksuit, performing hits like
“The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and “Sock It 2 Me,” “She’s a Bitch,” “One Minute
Man,” “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control.”
the latter song, the producers turned off the sound because she had exceeded her
closing time, and Elliot was forced to leave the stage, exhorting the crowd that
she was the “flyest s**t in the house,” with fans enthusiastically booing the
Doesn’t sound like a complacent rap superstar. That’s because
since exploding in 1997 with her debut Supa Dupa Fly, Melissa Elliot has
shaken things up.
Overcoming a horrific childhood in which she was
repeatedly raped by a cousin, Elliott broke barriers for women in rap –
collaborating, launching her own record company and not kowtowing to
her albums like Da Real World (1999), Miss E...So Addictive (2001),
Construction (2002), This Is Not A Test (2003) and The Cookbook (2005),
according to one reviewer, defied every stereotype by accentuating her
forcefulness with both dignity and joviality.
The promoters of her Tel
Aviv show claim that Elliot requested Israel be included on her summer
itinerary. Maybe that’s so she can sing “Party To Damascus,” her
with Wyclef Jean on his 2003 album The Preacher’s Son. Over the hip hop
Israeli guest Alona Tal admonishes in Hebrew, “Bo habibi, nishtagaeh,”
baby, let’s get crazy). It’s unlikely the fans at Elliott’s Tel Aviv
need much enticement.