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It's not too late to fall in love with Sharaya J's Missy Elliott-directed 'Takin' It No More'/'Shut It Down' video

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Missy Elliott hasn’t released an album in nearly a decade. As a fan, that can be hard to deal with, especially as other rap and R&B stars of the early ’00s have mounted comebacks over the past few years. But as frustrating as the lack of a new Elliott LP has been, it’s hard to argue with the admittedly well-deserved semi-retirement she’s been enjoying, casually jumping on tracks for old friends, releasing the occasional hot new thing whenever the mood strikes her, and not really sweating career stuff.

Recently she’s taken on Jersey artist Sharaya J as a protege, performing with her at the afterparty for an Alexander Wang runway show and even making a video for her. Back at the end of September, Sharaya J released a diptych video for her songs “Takin’ It No More” and “Shut It Down,” which Elliott co-directed and executive produced. It’s Elliott’s first time directing, as she admitted last night on Twitter, but she’s obviously learned a lot from starring in videos, and the results of her debut effort are way more impressive than the average novice. It helps that Sharaya J is a superstar just waiting to happen, with intense vocal and dance skills matched by a charisma that blasts out of the screen with an almost palpable force.

She also seems to have inherited Elliott’s frenetically experimental streak—there aren’t many artists out there who have the skills or even the inclination to pull off choreography that incorporates real-time sign language translations into their dance moves.

The “Takin’ It No More”/”Shut It Down” video has been out for over a month now, and so far it’s only racked up a little over 100 thousand views, which is only a tiny fraction of what it deserves. A month may seem like a million years in today’s hyperkinetic pop landscape, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to fall in love with it.

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10 songs where guest rappers stole the show

Guest verses have always been a part of hip-hop, but they’ve grown in popularity over the years for a number of reasons: they put new talent in people’s ears, they keep established rappers sharp, and they keep the slightly gladiatorial element of competition between performers alive in an era when freestyle battle raps are seen as slightly antiquated. The right featured guest can turn a single into a smash—but it can also backfire if that rapper outshines the song’s main artist. But when that does happen, the results can be pretty magical. Here are 10 notable examples of guest rappers appearing on other rappers’ songs—and completely blowing them away. READ FULL STORY

Missy Elliott to release two new singles over Labor Day weekend

Missy fans, rejoice! And prepare to get ur long-delayed freak on this weekend.

After largely keeping out of the limelight for the last seven years, Missy Elliott has announced that she will release two new singles this weekend.

The tracks, “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” mark Elliott’s first solo releases since 2005’s Gold-certified The Cookbook.

In the interim, Elliott has toured, collaborated with the likes of J. Cole and Demi Lovato, and recorded her own Behind the Music with VH1 — but for the most part she has retreated significantly from her prior public stature.

(Last year, she told People magazine that her absence was due to an ongoing battle with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid.)

The two singles are from her upcoming record, still tentatively titled Block Party and pushed back from its original 2008 and June 2012 release dates.  Elliott previewed “Triple Threat” in April at a performance with longtime collaborator Timbaland.

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Demi Lovato lets loose on 'All Night Long' with Missy Elliott and Timbaland

Dreams do come true! After a bit of a Youtube campaign, hit-making producer Timbaland can now say he’s worked with pop stars as varied as Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, and now… Demi Lovato.

At the top of the year, a tired Timbo posted a video praising the 19-year-old singer’s vocals and even played a song he crafted especially for her. Though it’s not the ballad he cued back then, his cut with her does sound like a winner.

Featuring hip-hop femme-C Missy Elliott, “All Night Long” is a lustful upbeat banger. In true Timbaland fashion, it’s a busy track with knocking bass, bouncing keys and synths stepping all over the hook.

“Don’t make plans/ Come on with me/ Let’s stay up all night long,” Lovato orders over it. You can listen to the track here.

What do you think of the Lovato-Missy-Timbo collab? Looking forward to her album, Unbroken (out Sept. 20)? Let us know.

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Missy Elliott remixes Katy Perry's 'Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)': Listen here

Yes, we know that Katy Perry really wants to beat Michael Jackson’s record for the most No. 1 hits from the same album, and now she might be getting the boost she needs from Missy Elliott, who just remixed Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”

This is especially exciting for supadupafans who’ve been following Elliott, since the rapper has been largely M.I.A. for the past few years.

She released a greatest hits collection in 2006 and has been working on a new album Respect M.E., but her last proper full-length was 2005’s The Cookbook.

In June, Elliott revealed that a long battle with Graves disease, an incurable disorder that affects the thyroid, had kept her out of the studio. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad,” she told Vibe. “I couldn’t even use a pen.”

But, wow, does she use that pen on the remix, which finds her working a stripper pole, getting so tipsy she loses her clothes, and waking up the next day to a “hella good morn!” from the guy in her bed. Listen to the full glory of her weekend after the jump:

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Missy Elliott on VH1's 'Behind the Music': The raptress discusses Graves' disease, childhood abuse, and more -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On the heels of the revelation last week that Missy Elliott has been suffering from Graves’ disease since 2008, the raptress sat down for an in-depth interview with VH1’s Behind the Music series to talk about those health issues, as well as a variety of other hot-button topics in her life, including the poverty and abuse she endured as a child. EW has an exclusive first look at the episode that will air tomorrow, June 29, at 10 p.m. on VH1.

In the episode, Missy—and those close to her, like her mother and fellow artists Timbaland, Mary J. Blige, and Ciara—discuss the challenges and triumphs she’s faced. Specifically, in the clip below, Elliott talks about the abuse she and her mother dealt with when she was a child. “He pulled the gun out in front of me,” Elliott recounts of her father. “I was screamin’, ‘Daddy, please don’t kill my mother! Please don’t kill my mother!”Later, she adds: “I never forget it. Like, it was the most scariest time in my life.”

In the special, Elliott will also talk at length about her near-fatal battle with Graves’ disease, including the day she first realized something was wrong. “One day I was riding in the car and I realized that my foot couldn’t hold the break down,” Elliott says in the special. “And my leg started shaking real bad, then I started having dizzy spells, bad dizzy spells and I realized I had a knot in my throat and it was huge. I knew something was wrong, I was very scared.”

Additionally, Missy will address rumors about her weight and open up about being sexually molested as a young child, a subject she rarely discusses, as well as the reasons behind why she had to walk away from DeVante Swing of Jodeci and her first group Da Bassment after she got signed for a record deal at the age of 19.

Watch the full, exclusive—and rather juicy—preview video here:

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