Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American recording artist, producer and actress. With record sales of over seven million in the United States,she is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA,including one double platinum Under Construction.
Elliott is known for a series of hits and diverse music videos including "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "One Minute Man", "Work It", "Gossip Folks", "Pass That Dutch", "Lose Control" and "Ching-a-Ling". In addition, Elliott has worked extensively as a songwriter and producer for other artists, both alone and with her producer and childhood friend Timbaland. Elliott's songwriting and production credits include work for a number of other top artists, among them Aaliyah, Ginuwine, SWV, Coko, Tweet, Ciara, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Keshia Chanté, Monica, Keyshia Cole, Raven-Symone, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Mýa, Trina, Danity Kane, Nicole Wray, Fantasia, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, Pussycat Dolls, Melanie Brown, Lil' Mo, and Jazmine Sullivan.