Prior to her acceptance of the MTV VMAs Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award next week, Missy Elliott has shared her new EP, ICONOLOGY. Produced by Timbaland, Wili Hendrix and Elliott herself, the five-track project is a tribute to what she calls “a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance.” The rapper also dropped a visual for opening track “Throw It Back,” a four-minute celebration of her legacy in popping colors. On top of the authoritative numbers that boast Elliott’s rightful seniority, tracks like “Why I Still Love You” and its accompanying acapella highlight her singing voice and showcases her sonic versatility, proving why she’s been able to outlast those who doubted her longevity in the music industry.
Elliott’s last full-length album dates back to 2005’s The Cookbook, and she’s been busy diving into production work on top of her guest feature appearances. Earlier this 2019, she became the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music.
Stream ICONOLOGY on Spotify and Apple Music, and watch the “Throw It Back” visual above.
In other new music releases, BROCKHAMPTON’s fifth studio album GINGER is here.