Following her performance at this past year’s Superbowl alongside Katy Perry, kids took to social media to proclaim that Perry had discovered a rising star in rapper Missy Elliott. After recovering from shock, hardcore Missy fans recoiled at an apparent generation’s lack of Missy knowledge. After all, the rapper got her start in the ’90s and has sold over 30-million records to earn her five Grammys, and did so before Katy Perry had become a famous icon.
For this edition of Bootie Samples we highlight Missy Elliott’s legacy through a select smattering of bootlegs and arrangements created by modern artists in the last three years. Her style continues to influence performers and, as we saw after the Super Bowl, not all music fans realize the mark she has left on today’s scene.
1. Missy Elliott – ‘Work It’
Arguably one of Missy Elliott’s most iconic tracks, Work It has also become one of her most sampled tracks in the last three years. Whether using a couple of her lyrics or entire portions, the tracks below cover a wide spectrum of influences but still hold her vocals as a central focus.
2015 | House | AutoErotique – Woof (Original Mix)
One of the newest uses of Elliott’s work, AutoErotique samples vocal snippets of Work It and pitches down select phrases to work alongside the heavy bassline. Rather than use her entire lyric phrases, they use her vocals as a separate element on top of their own original beat. You can download this track for free from AutoErotique’s SoundCloud here.
2013 | Electro House | Diplo & GTA – Boy Oh Boy (Original Mix)
When this track hit the scene, people flipped out over the massive energy behind its bouncing chords and reverberating bassline. Throughout the track is a limited use of Elliott’s iconic reversed vocal, “I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it,” that has been pitched up almost past recognition. Head to Beatport to purchase this track here.
2012 | Techno | Pangaea – Game (Original Mix) [Hessle Audio]
London-producer Pangaea took a single vocal phrase from Work It and repeated it at different frequencies to align with his off-kilter sub-bass growl. It is an unexpected adaptation of her vocals but works surprisingly well with the wobbly bassline. You can purchase this track on Beatport here.
2. Missy Elliott – ‘Sock It 2 Me’
This track samples The Delfonics’ 1969 hit Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love) before it dives into the Missy’s iconic raps. It was released on her Supa Dupa Fly album in 1997.
2014 | Indie Dance | The Hood Internet – Sock It 2 Summer (Missy Elliott x Blood Cultures)
Mash-up duo The Hood Internet put the Sock It 2 Me lyrics over a synth-pop track called Dream Summer from lesser-known New Jersey artist Blood Cultures. The result changes the R&B/Pop structure of the original into an indie-centric ballad. Download your own copy for free on The Hood Internet’s website here.
2012 | R&B / Hip-Hop | Missy Elliott – Sock It 2 Me (Kaytranada Remix) [Mad Decent]
No stranger to using older hip-hip and R&B samples in his music, Kaytranada uses a large majority of Missy’s vocal phrases in his remix as well as the sinister opening beat original to The Delfonics’ track. He rearranges the refrain slightly and adds in a couple vocal syllables on select beats for embellishment, but stays true to her intention. Download your free copy of this remix here.
3. Missy Elliott – ‘The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)’
The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) uses an old sample from Ann Peebles’ track I Can’t Stand the Rain to serve as the driving chorus of the track.
2015 | Hip-Hop / Trap | GoldLink & Falcons – Vroom (Original Mix)
Falcons uses Elliott’s repeated “vroom” phrasing from The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) for the background of his track as well as a few select vocal snippets to round out the track. Rather than use her entire rap, GoldLink introduces his own original lyrics on top of the new beats. Grab your free download of this track here.
4. Missy Elliott – ‘I’m Really Hot’
2014 | Electro House | Missy Elliott – I’m Really Hot (Angger Dimas Rebomb)
This is Angger Dimas’ most recent Missy bootleg of two. He favors a completely re-imagined electro house rhythm to speed up the bpm of the original’s R&B flavor. You can download this remix for free from his SoundCloud here.
5. Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris and Trina – One Minute Man
2014 | Electronica | The Hood Internet – Hear In One Minute (Missy Elliott x Milosh)
The last track for this series is from repeat Missy sample users, The Hood Internet. The duo use only Missy Elliott’s lyrics in this mash-up even though both Ludacris and Trina appear in the original. They replace Milosh’s voice with Missy’s raps and set it to the easy progressing rhythm taken from his track, Hear In You. Download this track for free off The Hood Internet’s website here.