Missy Elliott‘s grand entrance back into the spotlight caused a frenzy on the Internet after she debuted her funkadelic visual for “WTF (Where They From),” featuring Pharrell on Thursday, Nov. 12. No stranger to the unorthodox, Misdemeanor has been playing by her own rules as early as her 1997 debut, Supa Dupa Fly, and as a producer for former acts on-the-rise like Aaliyah, 702and SWV.
Here, Billboard two-steps back in time to some of her most trend-setting work as a nod to her 24-year tenure (count her days as part of ’90s R&B group Sista) and the tracks that made her queen of the dance floor.
“Work It” (2007)
After paging DJs worldwide, Missy put major work into this Timbaland-produced cut, even flipping her hook and reversing it.