Almost a decade and a half later, yet somehow right on time, Missy Elliot delivers a five-pack entitled Iconology – a fitting name for a truly ikonic body of work amid features from Sum1 and Acapella. She’s literally a living ikon, from her recent induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame to her millions of records sold to her trendsetting style, she’s one of the most influential musicians of all time. Creating music for decades amidst never losing her ultramodern style, unique sonic flair and impeccable pen game – she’s simply immaculate.
This release surfaces just days before her highly anticipated appearance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, where she’ll be receiving the Video Vanguard award.
Iconology hearkens like experimental, cool-vibes infused with uptempo production and an aura of pure fun with records like “Throw It Back” and “Cool Off.” Kicking this project off with twerk something inevitabilities before she slips into mesmerizing RnB sounds with “Drip Demeanor,” which marvels in Missy’s irrefutable pen, ear for melody and sure fire production savvy.
The Supa Dupa Fly MC closes the EP with “Why I Still Love You,” an emotive ballad that cascades through Missy’s impressive versatility from rapper to thuggish songstress.
She also gifts viewers the official visual to the opening track “Throw It Back,” which kicks off with a skit from Teyana Taylor then slides flawlessly into Missy’s undeniable creativity from double-dutch braids to VMA inspired scenes, she’s a beautiful misfit.
Missy Misdemeanor might be aging backwards but her talent continues to push her forward.
Check out the official visual for “Throw It Back” below.