Ahead of receiving MTV’s Video Vanguard Award, Missy Elliott has deemed us worthy of hearing her first full-length project since The Cookbook. No, you’re not dreaming, and this is not a drill.
The “Work It” songstress announced the surprise project, entitled Iconology, via her social media platforms.
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This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful. THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me! So, I have a SURPRISE for you… let’s continue the celebration at midnight tonight…I’m dropping a collection of new songs! Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa “Missy” Elliott #Iconology
Although Elliott had been blessing us with singles and features by the likes of “I’m Better” and Lizzo’s “Tempo,” Iconology delivers that classic, nostalgic “Missy” feel that prompted people to fall in love with her in the first place. As mentioned in her social media posts, it seems that the MC was truly working to #ThrowItBack to the prime of her musical reign. And if you’re really feeling this new Missy, you should also get into the visual she dropped to accompany the first track, “Throw It Back” (No, really. This video is a creative work of art).
Five tracks. Four songs. Fourteen years later. Listen below.