8 Epic Feminist Missy Elliott Lyrics in Honor of Her Birthday

Melissa (Missy) Misdemeanor Elliott turns 44 today. She's Grammy-award winning singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer, who debuted her first platinum album (of six) when Nicki Minaj was 14 years old. 

Her massive success is even more impressive when you realize the incredible odds she has overcome.

Elliott grew up in an impoverished, abusive household with a violent father and a cousin who repeatedly sexually assaulted her. At 14, she and her mother escaped, fearing her father would kill them both. Elliott is a survivor and a trailblazer, who has empowered black women and mentored younger female artists from Aaliyah to Ciara throughout her 20 years in the industry. She is one of the most inspiring, groundbreaking women in entertainment.

Thank you for years of unapologetic, feminist, body-positive, sex-positive, and at times hilarious lyrics like these, Missy Elliott, which we will now relive as we anxiously await this weekend's sure-to-wow performance at Essence Fest:

1. We Run This
"My style can’t be duplicated or recycled
This chick is a sick individual"
"It don’t matter where you from it’s where you at
and if you came to freak-a-leak you better bring your hat"

2. I'm Really Hot
"I'm really, really hot
Everytime my records drop
Radio says I won't stop
Cuz I'm killin' em'"

3. All In My Grill
"Talk is talk, and talk is cheap
Tell it to her, don't say it to me
Cuz I know I’m in control
See Trix are for kids, and boo I’m too old
Go 'head, with your games
Don't ever come back to me again
Where you go, remember me
I'm the best thing in history"

4. Toyz
"I used to wish that you would love me
And fantasize on how we, we used to be
Until I discovered something better than you
I don't need, no need, need your loving
You wanna come home late at night
Touchin' and feelin' all over me
But I don’t need no help in pleasing me"

5. 1, 2, Step
"I know you heard about a lot of great MCs,
But they ain’t got nothing on me"

6. Mommy
"The definition of mommy is not a chick with kids.
Mommy means the boss, the money-maker,
the man-taker, the provider, the low car rider.
So if you're a fly mommy, please stand up!"

7. Pump It Up
"Love my guts, so f*** a tummy tuck"

8. Lose Control
"I got a cute face, chubby waist
Thick legs, in shape
Rump shakin’, both ways
Make you do a double take
Planet rocker, show stopper
Flow proper, head knocker
Beat scholar, tail dropper
Do my thang, motherf***er
My Rolls Royce, Lamborghini
Blue Madena, always beamin
Rag top, chrome pipes
Blue lights, outta sight
(Long weave) sewed in
(Say it again) sewed in
Make that money, throw it in
Booty bouncin', gone head"

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