Missy Elliot Discusses Career Hiatus, Promises a Comeback
By April Sperry
It’s been a while since we’ve seen big things from Missy Elliot, but that doesn’t mean her entertaining days are over.
Elliot, 42, released her last album, “The Cookbook,” in 2005, but she’s not worried about losing her spotlight. In an interview with Yahoo’s “Yo Show,” Elliot gave her career hiatus some context, saying that the time simply hasn’t been right to drop another album. She’s not willing to sacrifice quality for volume.
“When I create something, it’s got to be special,” she said. “And it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy.”
Elliot hasn’t disappeared entirely since “The Cookbook.” She has released several singles over the past few years, including two songs in 2012 that revived her collaboration with Timbaland. She even grabbed a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song for “Without Me,” Fantasia Barrino’s hit track, which features Elliot and Kelly Rowland.
All the same, fans are eagerly awaiting new music from the “Lose Control” singer. Elliot reassured her listeners that she hasn’t been afflicted with writer’s block; she’s just waiting for the right inspiration to help fuel another powerhouse album.
“I’m just trying to make sure that what I give is 100 percent because I know the expectation is high from my fans, and it’s high of myself,” she said.
Elliot didn’t reveal when she would debut any new music of her own, but the rapper did confirm that she is currently working with Faith Evans’ on her upcoming album. She promises that her solo career is not yet over, though, saying that she will absolutely put together a comeback album.
“It’s coming, I just ain’t telling nobody when,” she said.