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July 1, 1971 Missy Elliott was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on July 1, 1971. Elliott worked as a songwriter and producer before getting her own record label. Her inventive style and ability to transcend hip-hop's ideas about women gave her five platinum albums in a row—including her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly—and numerous honors, including five Grammy Awards. With success as a performer, songwriter and producer, Elliott became hip-hop's first female mogul.

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Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Elliott, with record sales of over thirty million in the United States, Missy is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction.

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While working on their debut U.S. albums in the early 90's, Missy Elliot and members of R&B group Sugah, lived in the same Rochester studio along with Ginuwine and Magoo who lived upstairs and Timbaland who lived in the basement of the studio.

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from Rolling Stone

100 Best Albums of the Nineties: Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, 'Supa Dupa Fly' | Rolling Stone

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