|Single by Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris|
|from the album Under Construction|
|Released||January 7, 2003|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
The Hit Factory Criteria
PatchWerk Recording Studios
|Genre||Southern hip hop|
|Producer(s)||Timbaland and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott (co-producer)|
|Missy Elliott singles chronology|
"Gossip Folks" is a 2003 hip hop song by Missy Elliott, featuring Ludacris. The song appears on her 2002 album Under Construction and was chosen as second single release. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 in the UK. "Gossip Folks" also went to number one on the dance charts.
The song is Missy's response to various rumors about her (e.g., her sexual orientation, her weight), and essentially tells those who spread these rumors to mind their own business. The refrain of "Gossip Folks" samples the 1981 song "Double Dutch Bus" by Frankie Smith.
The sampled refrain goes as follows (From LyricsMode: Frankie Smith - Double Dutch Bus Lyrics):
FRANKIE: Millze cillzan sillzome plillzay dillzo-dillzouble dillzutch! (... can play some double dutch!) GIRL: Hilzzoo? (Who?) FRANKIE: My gizzirl! (My girl!) GIRL: Brillzing her izzin! (Bring her in!) FRANKIE: Izzo kizzay? (OK?) GIRL: Izzall rizzight... (All right...) FRANKIE: Izzo kizzay? (OK?) GIRL: Izzall rizzight! Nizzow wizzee wilzzo-izzo-zee! (All right! Now we will see!)
The music video for "Gossip Folks" was directed by Dave Meyers. The entire video takes place at a school where everyone wears red Adidas sweatsuits as uniforms. In the beginning Elliott is walking through the hallway when students start announcing her entrance and begin to start rumors about her.
As Missy's verse starts, Missy and the students begin dancing through the chorus. The second verse starts in the cafeteria where Missy has her group of students have a food fight with another group. Also in the cafeteria are Tweet, Eve, and Trina cheering while sitting on a cafeteria table.
In the middle of the video a clip of "Funky Fresh Dressed" featuring Ms. Jade was played. The "Funky Fresh Dressed" segment of the video features Elliott and Ms. Jade with green skin in a classroom. Missy begins to aggravate the teacher while Ms. Jade takes over the class with a yardstick as a symbol of power. Ludacris's verse begins directly after the "Funky Fresh Dressed" segment. He appears to be the principal.
The Bus Driver, that appears in the last ten seconds, is Darryl McDaniels (DMC of Run-DMC). Toward the end of the video a mural dedicated to the late R&B/hip hop stars Aaliyah (1979-2001), Lisa Lopes (1971-2002), and Jam Master Jay (1965-2002) is shown. The video features several young dancers, including Monica Parales of the former girl group School Gyrls, Kwon Risae of Japan, and Alyson Stoner, who appears in several other Missy Elliott videos.
Tributes in the end of the video
- Aaliyah Dana Haughton (born January 16, 1979 – died August 25, 2001) - Plane Accident
- Lisa Nicole Lopes (born May 27, 1971 – died April 25, 2002) - Car Accident
- Jason William Mizell (born January 21, 1965 – died October 30, 2002) - Murdered
- Fatboy Slim Remix (6:42)
- Fatboy Slim Radio Remix (3:31)
- Fatboy Slim Dub (7:04)
- Mousse T.'s Original Alternative (3:46)
- Mousse T.'s Pogo Remix Extended (5:05)
- Mousse T.'s Pogo Remix Instrumental (5:04)
- Mousse T. & Royal Garden Remix Extended (5:15)
- Mousse T. & Royal Garden Remix Instrumental (5:15)
- Mousse T. & Royal Garden Remix Radio (3:37)
- Mousse T.'s So Phat Remix Extended (4:35)
- Mousse T.'s So Phat Remix Instrumental (4:35)
- Mousse T.'s Afropean Ride Remix Extended (7:27)
- Mousse T.'s Afropean Ride Remix Video Version (3:47)
- Mousse T.'s Afropean Ride Remix Instrumental (7:27)
- Mousse T.'s Original Alternative Acapella (3:45)
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