Gossip Folks

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"Gossip Folks"
Single by Missy Elliott featuring Ludacris
from the album Under Construction
Released January 7, 2003
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2002
The Hit Factory Criteria[1]
(Miami, Florida)
PatchWerk Recording Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre Southern hip hop
Length 3:54
Label Goldmind/Elektra
Writer(s) Missy Elliott
Tim Mosley
Christopher Bridges
Producer(s) Timbaland and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott (co-producer)
Missy Elliott singles chronology
"Honk Your Horn"
(2002)
"Gossip Folks"
(2003)
"Back in the Day"
(2003)
Ludacris singles chronology
"Why Don't We Fall in Love"
(2002)
"Gossip Folks"
(2003)
"Act a Fool"
(2003)

"Gossip Folks" is a song by American hip-hop artist 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.[2]

Content[edit]

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.

Music video[edit]

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, and Alyson Stoner, who appears in several other Missy Elliott videos.

Tributes in the end of the video[edit]

Remixes[edit]

  • 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)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 24
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 14
Denmark (Tracklisten)[6] 6
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 28
Italy (FIMI)[9] 32
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 50
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 24
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 50
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 8
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 5
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[16] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=112125
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 365. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris – Gossip Folks". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris – Gossip Folks" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris – Gossip Folks" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  6. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris – Gossip Folks". Tracklisten. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  7. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris > Gossip Folks – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  8. ^ "Chart Track: Week 9, 2003". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  9. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris – Gossip Folks". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris – Gossip Folks" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris – Gossip Folks". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Missy Elliott feat. Ludacris – Gossip Folks". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  13. ^ "{{{artist}}}: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  14. ^ "Missy Elliott Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Missy Elliott. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  15. ^ "Missy Elliott Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Missy Elliott. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  16. ^ "Missy Elliott Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Missy Elliott. Retrieved 2011-05-23.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"On a High" by Duncan Sheik
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
May 3, 2003
Succeeded by
"Walking on Thin Ice" by Ono