Missy Elliott has admitted that, although she initially got flak for her Barbie-inspired video for “Beep Me 911”, she now realizes she was “years ahead of the game.”
On Tuesday (May 4), the Barbie movie was given a brand-new trailer ahead of its upcoming release date. Unlike some who may be tizzing with excitement, Missy had a more complicated reaction.”
The Virginia rapper took to Instagram on Wednesday (April 5) to explain the backlash she received for her “Beep Me 911” video, taken from her 1997 debut album, Supa Dupa Fly.
“They say a Barbie movie coming out well Let me bring this back 1 time!” she began her caption. “BeepMe911. This 26 YEARS AGO with 702! Back then some folks clowned me @timbaland & Magoo for doing a Barbie style video with our arms painted like joints and tim and magoo Ken hair styles. I remember crying but I realized I was just years ahead of the game #757 VA.”
Missy Elliott has had a profound impact on Hip Hop with a career spanning over two decades. The hitmaker is still inspiring young musicians today — most recently, BIA put her own unique spin on one of Elliott‘s most iconic songs, “She’s A Bitch.”
The Los Angeles rapper dropped off her latest single last month, inspired by Missy’s 1999 track. BIA tapped superproducer Timbaland — Missy’s longtime collaborator and producer on the original song — to bring the track to life.
“Soon as you see me I up it, I’m gone/ I’m really livin’ the shit in my song/ Glock in my bag and it don’t got a safety/I make the money, I don’t let it make me,” BIA raps on the track.
In the accompanying video, she also pays homage to Missy’s iconic futuristic Hype Williams-directed visual.
“She’s a Bitch” was the debut single on Missy’s second studio album Da Real World, which was released in June 1999. It debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Elliott’s second album to have a Top 10 debut and stayed on the chart for a total of 39 weeks.