Review #93: Supa Dupa Fly, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott

Karla Clifton
3 min readMay 30, 2021

#93: Supa Dupa Fly, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott

Okay, first of all, I love that she is billing herself as “Misdemeanor.” I can’t find any evidence that she’s ever committed a crime.

According to Nielsen Music in 2017, Elliott is the best-selling female rapper ever. It sounds like she was all over hip-hop music for a little while; she actually wrote nine songs for Aaliyah’s One In A Million (#314). She also was collaborative partners with Timbaland, who produced this album.

In 2011 she said that a Graves’ Disease diagnosis was keeping her from working. though she did come out and perform at the 2015 Superbowl Halftime Show.

I listened to this album for the first time while cleaning and folding laundry and I’ve never cleaned so fast.

FAVORITE SONGS:

“Busta’s Intro (feat. Busta Rhymes)” — You know, I don’t know a single Busta Rhymes song.

“Hit ’Em wit da Hee (feat. Lil’ Kim)” — This album is full of awesome female features.

“Sock It 2 Me (feat. Da Brat)” — This chorus is so catchy.

“The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” — What a JAM. This song samples Ann Peeble’s “I Can’t Stand The Rain.” Hey, I mentioned that album in review#54 of Star Time by James Brown.

“Beep Me 911 (feat. 702 & Magoo)” — Magoo! As in Mr.?

“They Don’t Wanna F*ck wit Me (feat. Timbaland)” — They don’t!

“Friendly Skies (feat. Ginuwine)” — I live for the part when Ginuwine says “Call on me,” and Missy Elliott sings, “Ginuwine!”

“Best Friends (feat. Aaliyah)” — Aw, I’m glad they were best friends! RIP Aaliyah. :(

“Don’t Be Comin’ (In My Face)” — Every single chorus is a jam.

“Izzy Izzy Ahh” — Aren’t gibberish songs fun?

“I’m Talkin” I’m su-su-such a good rapper.

“Gettaway (feat. Space & Nicole)” — Nicole Wray really is credited as “Nicole” on this song. Wouldn’t you rather be SPACE than Nicole? I would.

“Busta’s Outro (feat. Busta Rhymes)” — So nice they did it twice.

“Missy’s Finale — Spoken Word” — I’m used to rap finales from Kanye and Jay-Z, which are almost always 12-minutes long, so that’s what I expected from Missy. Imagine my surprise when I got a 24-second long statement from her, where she just says, “Hey, thanks everybody for being on my album, hope you liked it.” Crazy, that male rappers will talk about themselves for 15 minutes, and female rappers take just 15 seconds to thank other people.

LEAST FAVORITE SONGS:

“Why You Hurt Me” — This is a good song but the “OOH!” makes me uncomfortable.

IS RS FULL OF IT?

NO, but I think the fact that Miss Ann Peebles was sampled here means that a) I have excellent taste and b) she probably could find a place on this list.

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