Missy Elliott, the Goddess of Rap

Missy Elliott, the Goddess of Rap

Claudia Maddaluno · 2 years ago · Music

Last weekend, the Queen of Rap Missy Elliott shared via Twitter some videos showing her in studios with Timbaland to let fans know she’s arriving with new music.

This Wednesday, another fantastic news: Missy Elliott is the first female rapper to be nominated for The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, the NAPM project that will realize a museum dedicated to the most important US music artists.

This prestigious nomination sounds like a deserved recognition for Missy, key artist in the history of rap, especially since she has always fought against the gender taboos and now she is the first female rapper to receive that nomination.

Missy Misdemeanor Elliott has broken a lot of music stereotypes and cliches, singing about sex and pleasure while wearing a giant plastic black bag suit.

When she debuted with her first single, The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), in 1997, The Spice Girls preached the GIRL POWER wearing vinyl mini dresses. At the same time, Missy appeared as a goddess of prosperity in exaggerated form.

Her first album Supa Dupa Fly ,featuring Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Aaliyah, Timbaland and Da Brat, was futuristic and she knew it (we can read in an interview for The New Yorker: We give our music a futuristic feel. I don’t make music or videos for 1997—I do it for the year 2000)

Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. were murdered in 1997 but Missy’s lyrics were not about violence, drugs or tragedy: she used to sing about amusement, sex and sexual freedom. In that era, the male dominated the music industry but Missy was already the head of her label GoldMind Inc, which released the album.

So Missy and her partner in crime Timbaland were building a new hip hop songwriting, preferring not to sample but using amazing breakbeats. Throughout the album Missy never talks about love or true romance: she sings of a need for sex and this tracks were especially innovative coming from a black woman.

Everyone in the world realized that Missy was different from the others: that’s why Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson or Mel B asked her to remix and produce their music.

Supa Dupa Fly follow-up, Da Real World, features Beyoncé, Eminem, Big Boi (Outkast) and contains tracks like All N My Grill and Hot Boyz that made the history as well as the story of my adolescence.

At the beginning of the Y2K, Missy Elliott dropped another album called Miss E… So Addictive that opens with the promise of “some shit that you never heard before” and the funk od Dog In Heat.

Soul, right flow, warrior synths, freestyle verses and her delicious R&B made the kingdom of the Queen of Rap: Missy had no peer (and probably will have none).

The fourth album Under Construction confirmed her uniqueness in the rap landscapes: with a futurist style and the frenetic productions of Timbaland, Missy became a pop phenomenon and and one of hip-hop artists to watch.
Do I really have to talk about Work It?

Best single and video of that year.

The years rolled by and Missy was unstoppable, taking part in movies and fashion industry and dropping four albums including a greatest hits (This Is Not A Test, The Cookbook and Block Party in 2011).

But suddenly she fell from platinum to silence.

Of course Missy never stopped playing in our bedrooms, or stereo, or parties and the new generation of female / hip-hop rappers see her as its goddess (SZA, for example, dreams of a collaboration).

Now that we know for sure that Missy will return, we need her new music even more: we need her breaking rules with new album and dream of a fucking pink project with Solange, Beyoncé, SZA, Cardi B, Kehlani, Jorja Smith and Syd led by Missy Misdemeanor Elliott.

Is it worth it?
Yes, Missy. Work on it soon.

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Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the new BBC film

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the new BBC film

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

It was February 16, 1990, when one of the most influential and emblematic contemporary artists died prematurely, ripped from life by AIDS. This year, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of Keith Haring‘s death, the BBC has produced a film that retraces the artist’s story. 

Titled Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, the film recounts in just under an hour and a half some of the most emblematic episodes and encounters in Haring’s life. The works are interwoven with images, interviews with Keith himself and unpublished footage from the archives of the Haring Foundation and made available to the BBC. 

Through the artist’s life is also told the New York of the 80s and 90s, the art and creativity that exploded at every corner, but also AIDS and fear. 

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy is directed by Ben Anthony and was broadcast for the first time on the BBC Two channel on July 4th, but you can watch it again on the BBC streaming site, iPlayer

This fascinating and compelling film – told using previously unheard interviews with Haring, which form the narrative of the documentary – is the definitive story of the artist in his own words. 

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“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

“Safe House”, Keer’s work inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 month ago · Art

Inspired by the great couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Leon Keer, one of the most important artists in the world of anamorphic street art, has recently created “Safe House”.

His latest work presents a gift box in trompe l’oeil on the tympanum of a building.
“It is not obvious for everyone to have a roof over their head, your home is precious and gives you comfort and protection, a gift for the necessary needs of life.”

“Safe House” is a packaged house, artfully crafted with a great optical illusion is a tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, it was made for MX29 Graffiti Tour 2020 organized by Ateliers du Graff.
The Dutch artist wants us to reflect on the importance of having a roof over our heads, something that we very often take for granted, but which, as he says, is fundamental.

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Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Harry Greb’s mural dedicated to Ennio Morricone

Giulia Pacciardi · 4 weeks ago · Art

In the heart of Trastevere, more precisely in Via delle Fratte di Trastevere, on the corner of Via dei Fienaroli, the Roman neighborhood where Ennio Morricone was born and grew up, a new mural dedicated to him stands out since yesterday.
It is the work of the prolific street artist Harry Greb, who is no stranger to this type of tribute. Over the years, in fact, he has titled walls to leading Italian figures of our times such as Alberto Sordi, Anna Magnani and Rino Gaetano.

In Greb’s vision, Morricone looks fixedly at us through his glasses, with a luminous crown resting on his head, the Academy Honorary Award in his left hand and his right hand busy mimicking the gesture of silence.

The opera dedicated to the Roman composer appeared yesterday afternoon, just a few hours after his death which shook the hearts of most.

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Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Glen Martin Taylor and his reconstructed ceramics

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Art

Among the most famous and fascinating artistic techniques, the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi undoubtedly stands out. It is a practice born from the idea of transforming an imperfection, a damage or a wound into something even more beautiful and perfect. Basically, this technique consists in repairing ceramic objects, even those of daily use such as cups and plates, using gold or cast silver to weld the shards. The final result gives the object a unique look and, what is no small thing, a much higher value than the original. It is precisely from the art of Kintsugi that the artist Glen Martin Taylor was inspired for his works. 

Like the Japanese, Glen Martin Taylor repairs ceramics of all kinds, some made by him and others bought but replacing precious metal with everyday objects, from twine threads to metal elements. 

If in Kintsugi’s art the only important part is that of repair, for the artist the act of reassembling objects is as important as that of destroying them. Through these two phases, the artist frees his emotions and confronts them by creating objects that will eventually have lost their primary purpose, but not their importance. 

Discover all the works by Glen Martin Taylor on his Instagram profile

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