Missy Elliott Showcases Her Many Faces in ‘WTF (Where They From)’ Video Featuring Pharrell
Misdemeanor is back in the house. Missy Elliott drops the Dave Myers-directed visual for "WTF (Where They From)," her first music video released in three years.
The last time we saw Missy, she appeared in J. Cole's 2012 video for "Nobody's Perfect." Now she can hardly contain her excitement for her new effort. "I can't wait for the whole world to see my video tomorrow," she wrote in a post on Instagram Wednesday (Nov. 11) -- the same day she created the account. The rapper also promises that "we bout to take off to another planet."
Although for this video, she stays on Earth -- or so it seems. The clip starts off with various people -- even the lady at the nail salone -- jamming out to "WTF." When Missy finally appears, she's decked out in silver, looking like one big diamond. There's also a dancer, reminiscent of Alyson Stoner (the girl who sashayed her way around in the Supa Dupa Fly creator's early videos), popping and locking alongside the MC. The epic dance duo, Les Twins also make an appearance.
As Missy continues to drop a slew of rhymes and moves with her dance crew -- she also dons a skully dedicated to the late Notorious B.I.G. -- it's apparent this visual is all about her versatility and her many sides, demonstrated through her ever-changing faces. Did you peep the Roy Lichenstein-inspired comic book face?
Pharrell had more to do on the track than just producing -- he also drops a verse on the song. Instead of showing up in the physical sense, he appears as a string puppet created in his likeness. Misdemeanor gets one of her own too before she pops up in a clear plastic ensemble. "How they do it where you from? This how they do it where we from," she delivers.
Missy is known for having some of the most craziest and creative music videos -- just check out her famous garbage bag ensemble in the "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" video or the "Get Ur Freak On" visual to get schooled on her creepy forest experience if you're unaware. So, it's especially exciting to see her in front of the lens again after so long.
The Pharrell-produced track surfaced on ESPN and snippets of it were played on the sports channel during the last week of October. The full song was expected to drop on Friday (Nov. 13.), but it seems Missy is giving fans an early taste.
The 44-year-old Virginia native has been a staple in the music industry since the '90s -- there's even an argument that she's the precursor for Drake's success. And after a guest performance at the 2015 Super Bowl and a solid verse on Janet Jackson's "BURNITUP!" it seems she's ready to get back into the rap game at full force.
"WTF" will likely be on Missy's long-awaited seventh studio album, the follow-up to 2005's The Cookbook. Watch what Missy's cooked up this time in "WTF" above.
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