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Hip-hop enthusiasts often invoke the names of the late Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) as the best artists in the genre. Despite the generally misogynistic lyrics that are associated with rap/hip-hop music, there are many great female rappers that have cemented their legacies in the genre. One of those just happens to be Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, who released her first new music video in nearly a decade for the Pharrell produced single “WTF (Where They From)” on November 12. Oh how we’ve missed you, Missy.

Starting her career with the all-female R&B group Sista in 1991, Elliott branched out into guest appearances on tracks produced by her childhood friend Timbaland (who has gone on to produce music for hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z, Nas and Ludacris, and crossover into the pop realm by famously working with Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado). Elliott gained popularity for her 1997 hits “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and “Sock It 2 Me.” After making her mark with those breakout songs, the hits just kept coming: “Hot Boyz,” “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It” and “Lose Control” are some of her greatest hits, helping her claim the record as the only female rapper to have six platinum-certified albums.

Since 2006, Elliott has been largely absent from the music industry, explaining in a 2011 interview with People that she had been diagnosed with Graves’ disease which made her put her music career on hold. “My leg was jumping,” she said. “I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed,” she added, explaining a terrifying situation she had while driving.

Elliott took to her Twitter and thanked fans for their support. Many critics and her longtime fans, nostalgic for the 90s and early 2000s, have praised the new single. “Tripping out that I’m getting dressed right now, blasting a new @MissyElliott track in 2015. And I thought Jesus had abandoned me,” said one fan. Artists such as Ciara, Katy Perry, Janet Jackson and Sean “Diddy” Combs also had their own fan moments over the new track, congratulating Elliott on Twitter as well.

The song is the lead single from her long-awaited seventh studio album, which was titled Block Party when production began back in 2007. However, due to Elliott’s health problems, the project was shelved. Timbaland, Elliott’s longtime producer and collaborator, is rumored to be working on Elliott’s current studio album. “It’s something you ain’t never heard Missy do. It sounds today, but the future,” Timbaland said about producing the album, which has no official title or release date yet.

Timbaland stated that he, Elliott and Pharrell go further back than their music careers. “I love my sister [Missy] to death. I know the tabloids love to talk, and I’ma say it now. Her first single is from my cousin, and yes we are family, Pharrell. And one thing about VA, we stick together,” Timbaland said at the 2015 ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards. Looks like a family affair is all it takes for a new album from one of hip-hop’s finest.

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