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.
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.