Missy Elliott Makes Music History, Again


| LAST UPDATE 02/03/2022

By Alexa Alves
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Another day, another win for Missy Elliott. The hip-hop legend has been dominating the charts for decades now - and she's got the numbers to show for it. According to a new report, the Work It artist officially holds the highest number of platinum albums for a female rapper, ever. That's right. Here's what we know.

On Sunday, January 30, Chart Data first broke the big news: "All six of @MissyElliott's studio albums are now certified platinum or higher, the most among female rappers," they announced on their official Twitter account. From her debut drop, Supa Dupa Fly in 1997, all the way to her latest album, The Cookbook, Misdemeanor is officially the woman to top. And it appears she's just as hyped as we are about it.

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"This is a HUGE MILESTONE!" Elliott wrote, after hopping on Twitter to express her gratitude. "No matter how long it took to get here, I am here & I AM HUMBLY GRATEFUL. To all my SISTERS in HIP HOP y'all keep doing y'all thang & SHINING." For those still unfamiliar with the lingo, Missy's latest win marks at least 1 million units sold for each and every one of her albums. Not too shabby, huh? But it appears the rapper's success knows no end. In fact, back in November, the star was all smiles as she welcomed yet another win in the world of music: Her very own star among Hollywood's Walk of Fame.


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But according to Misdemeanor, none of this - not the star nor the certified platinum title - would have been made possible without some help along the way. "I want to give a big, big shoutout to the godmothers of this, and that is Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Sha-Rock, Angie Stone, Roxanne Shanté, Yo-Yo, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa," Elliott noted. "All of y'all that started before me, because y'all are the backs that we stand on. Y'all are the foundation. Y'all ran so we could walk, y'all stood up for something so we could sit comfortably, so I thank y'all for this moment." 

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