Best Videos 2015: Missy Elliott - "WTF (Where They From)"
Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:31:06
Get one thing straight, world: Missy Elliott is a boss. Yes, it has been ten, count 'em, ten years since the 2005 drop of The Cookbook, the rapper's last album, but as we all know, Missy has been "working" it, finding her groove producing singles for the likes of Keyshia Cole and Jennifer Hudson, and making regular live appearances (the Superbowl, tours with Janet Jackson) that refuse to let the world deny her as reigning hip-hop goddess of the planet.
Her latest single, for example, closing in on 25 million YouTube views, is a sick, thumping, club banger called "WTF (Where They From)." It's a track that, in this visual form, features: Freaky, funky dance moves from large crew including Missy, duo Les Twins (known for their work with Beyoncé), and her protege Sharaya J, Missy and Pharrell marionettes (rapping and dancing, natch), hoverboard dance routines, a disco ball tracksuit, and all kinds of flash and bling. The track was produced with help from Pharrell, and is slated to appear on Missy's forthcoming, long-awaited seventh album.
Directed by veteran and award-winning video director Dave Meyers (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ciara, P!nk, Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber), it's a stylistic, hyper-paced, and precisely-edited visual that perfectly syncs the action to the beat. We also guess you can't watch it just once.
In fact, we couldn't say it better than Missy herself: Get Ur Freak On.
Watch "WTF (Where They From)" from Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell Williams:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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