Just when we couldn't physically handle her absence any longer, she's back from the dead with her first track in years and it's heavenly.
Remember in 1997 when Missy Elliott was 250 lbs. and wore a trash bag and was like "Beep beep, who's got the keys to the Jeep? VROOOM."
That was the moment we all became adults. Even if we were six and had neither the fully-fused bones nor emotional maturity to prove it, that song and video catapulted us into the realm of musical fandom, setting us up for a lifetime of Missy allegiance and an unabashed love for Top 40 hip-hop. Her subsequent hits ("Pass That Dutch," "Work It," "Lose Control") and her collaborations with everyone from Ciara to Aaliyah to Pharrell cemented her as the most reliably talented hip-hop artist of her time, and her music serenaded us through all our adolescent debauchery/ chlamyida.
But, plagued by health issues, she called it quits in 2012 and retreated into the murky depths of the unknown. Ever since, we've been trying to seance her and contact her ghost via Ouija board, but still, she stayed underground. It was unclear if she'd ever release anything again …
Missy has resurrected herself Frankenstein-style with the drop of her first single and video in what feels like millennia, beautifully named "WTF (Where They From)."
The video has everything a Missy Elliott video should have: dancing children wearing hats, iconic yet uncomfortable-looking outfits that'll inspire Halloween costumes for the next 50 years, Pharrell puppets and futuristic hoverboard choreography that makes those things look a lot easier to ride than they actually are.
As Rolling Stone reports:
The arrival of "WTF" marks Elliott's first solo cut since 2012, when she and longtime collaborator Timbaland released "9th Inning" and "Triple Threat." Both songs were billed as part of the follow-up to Elliott's 2005 LP The Cookbook, but an album never materialized. The rapper has since made a handful of guest appearances, including recent tracks with Skrillex and Diplo's Jack Ü and Janet Jackson.
Elliott has yet to announce a title or release date for her next record. But in a 2014 interview, Timbaland teased the long-gestating project as, "It's something you ain't never heard Missy do. It sounds today, but the future."
Missy has been been teasing her return ever since her foreshadow-y cameo in Katy Perry's 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, which made millions of people ask where in tarnation she'd been. "
When I create something, it’s gotta be special," she told Yahoo's The Yo Show afterward. "I gotta feel like what I’m giving the fans is 100 percent and that it’s game-changing. I don’t just throw out microwave records."
Well, if she's gonna wait three trillion years to put out her next track, we'll let her. Because as "WTF" proves, the longer she takes to do something, the better it is.
Okay, enough sentimentality. If you need us, we'll be over here hoverboard dancing and crying with joy.