Supa Dupa Fly

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Supa Dupa Fly
Studio album by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Released July 15, 1997
Recorded November 1996–May 1997
Master Sound Studios
(Virginia Beach, Virginia])
Genre Hip hop
Length 60:06
Label The Goldmind, Elektra
Producer Timbaland [1]
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott chronology
Supa Dupa Fly
(1997)
Da Real World
(1999)
Singles from Supa Dupa Fly
  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
    Released: July 2, 1997
  2. "Sock It 2 Me"
    Released: September 21, 1997
  3. "Beep Me 911"
    Released: March 23, 1998
  4. "Hit Em wit da Hee"
    Released: April 3, 1998

Supa Dupa Fly is the debut studio album by American rapper Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott. In high school, Elliott and three friends formed a group called Fayze, later renamed Sista. The group caught the attention of record producer DeVante Swing, who was part of the R&B group Jodeci, who signed them to his record label, Swing Mob. The group recorded an album in New York, which was never released. This led to the termination of the group's recording contract. After returning to Portsmouth, Virginia, Elliott and record producer Timbaland began writing songs, contributing several to singer Aaliyah's album, One in a Million (1996).

In 1996, Elliott was signed to Elektra Records and was given her own record label, Goldmind. Chairmen and chief executive officer (CEO) of Elektra at the time, Sylvia Rhone encouraged Elliott to embark in a solo career. Supa Dupa Fly was recorded and produced solely by Timbaland, and was released in July 1997 through The Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records. The album features the singles, "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Sock It 2 Me", "Hit Em wit da Hee" and "Beep Me 911". Guest appearances on the album include Busta Rhymes, Ginuwine, Nicole and Aaliyah. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It sold 1.2 million copies in the United States, where it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America worldwide the album has sold more than 2.5 million copies.[2]

Background and recording[edit]

While in high school, Elliott formed a group called Fayze—later to be renamed Sista—with three of her friends.[3][4] The group attracted the attention of record producer DeVante Swing, who was part of the R&B group Jodeci. After being signed the Swing Mob record label, Sista recorded an album in New York, but was never released. This led to subsequent termination of Sista's recording contract. Elliott returned to Portsmouth, Virginia, where she and record producer Timbaland began writing songs and contributed to singer Aaliyah's album One in a Million. In 1996, Elliott was signed to Elektra Records and was given her own record label, The Goldmind Inc.. Chairmen and chief executive officer (CEO) of Elektra at the time, Sylvia Rhone encouraged Elliott to embark in a solo career.[3] Recording sessions of the Supa Dupa Fly took place at the Master Sound Studios in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[5] The album was produced solely by Timbaland.[3]

Marketing and promotion[edit]

The first single released from the album was "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)".[6] As part of the promotional drive for her album, Elliott took part of the 1998 Lilith Fair tour; she became the first female rapper to perform at the event.[7] She also joined rapper Jay-Z's Rock the Mic tour.[7]

Musical content[edit]

Supa Dupa Fly contains elements of alternative hip hop, hip hop, dance, R&B, and soul.[8][9] According to author Mickey Hess, the album's lyrical content "reveals Elliott's complex, creative, and challenging discussion about womanhood; her demand for respect, respect for her personal voice and her desire for fulfilling intimacy with lovers and friends".[10] The album's opening track, "Busta's Intro", features rapper Busta Rhymes as a town crier warning of a "historical event about to unfold".[10] "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" contains a sample of Ann Peebles' 1973 song "I Can't Stand the Rain".[11] "Pass da blunt" is partly based on the song "Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[8]
Robert Christgau A−[12]
Entertainment Weekly A−[13]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[14]
Melody Maker (favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars (1997)[15]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars (2004)[16]
The Source (favorable)[5]
Spin (8/10)[5]
Vibe (favorable)[5]

Upon its release, Supa Dupa Fly received critical acclaim among music critics. Writers lauded record producer Timbaland's production as unique and revolutionary, whose "lean, digital grooves are packed with unpredictable arrangements and stuttering rhythms".[8] Music critic Garry Mulholland described Timbaland's production, "eschewing samples for a bump 'n' grind electronica, strongly influenced by the digital rhythms of dancehall reggae, but rounder, fuller, fatter".[17] Elliott's rapping, singing and songwriting also received much acclaim. The 2004 edition of The New Rolling Stone Album Guide rated the album five out of five stars, noting that the avant-garde sound of the album "made Elliott and Timbaland the hottest writer/producer team around".[16] Mulholland called the album a "key prophecy of the dominant 21st century black pop", noting Elliott's ability to "avoid the whole east vs. west, playas vs. gangstas mess." He described Elliott's style as "everything the hip hop doctor ordered; a woman who could flip between aggression and romance, sex and nonsense, materialism and imagination, without batting one outrageously spidery eyelash".[17]

With the release of Supa Dupa Fly, Elliott became one of the most prominent female rappers.[18] The album is credited for redefining hip hop and R&B.[8] Steve Huey of Allmusic felt that the album was "arguably the most influential album ever released by a female hip-hop artist", calling it a "boundary-shattering postmodern masterpiece".[8] Spin magazine ranked the album at number nine on its Top 20 Albums of the Year.[10] In 1998, four out of five music critics from The New York Times ranked the album as one of their top ten favorite albums of 1997.[19] The album earned Elliott two Grammy Award nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Solo Performance for "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)".[10]

Supa Dupa Fly debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with 129,000 copies sold in the first week released,[20] the highest debut for a female rapper at the time.[7][21] The album remained on the chart for 37 weeks.[22] As of June 2008, the album sold 1.2 million copies in the United States[22] and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[23]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Composer(s) Length
1 "Busta's Intro" featuring Busta Rhymes Trevor Smith 1:53
2 "Hit Em wit da Hee" featuring Lil' Kim Melissa Elliott, Kimberly Jones, Timothy Mosley 4:19
3 "Sock It 2 Me" featuring Da Brat T. D. Bell, Elliott, Shawntae Harris, W. Hart, Mosley 4:17
4 "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" Donald Bryant, Elliott, Bernard Miller, Mosley, Ann Peebles 4:11
5 "Beep Me 911" featuring 702 and Magoo Melvin Barcliff, Elliott, Mosley 4:57
6 "They Don't Wanna Fuck wit Me" Elliott, Mosley 3:18
7 "Pass da Blunt" H.B. Bennett, H. Jackson Brown Jr., Elliott, Lloyd Ferguson, R. Lyn, Jackie Mittoo, Mosley, Leroy Sibbles, Fitzroy Simpson 3:17
8 "Bite Our Style (Interlude)" Elliott, Mosley 0:43
9 "Friendly Skies" featuring Ginuwine Elliott, Mosley 4:59
10 "Best Friends" featuring Aaliyah Elliott, Mosley 4:07
11 "Don't Be Commin' (In My Face)" Elliott, Mosley 4:11
12 "Izzy Izzy Ahh" Elliott, Mosley 3:54
13 "Why You Hurt Me" Elliott, E. Floyd, E., Tim Mosley 4:31
14 "I'm Talkin'" Elliott, Mosley 5:02
15 "Gettaway" featuring Space and Nicole Elliott, Mosley, Tracey Selden, Lashone Siplin 4:25
16 "Busta's Outro" featuring Busta Rhymes Mosley, Smith 1:38
17 "Missy's Finale" 0:24
* "Release the Tension" (Japanese bonus track) Elliott, Roderick Wiggins

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Supa Dupa Fly adapted from Allmusic.[24]

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Missy-Misdemeanor-Elliott-Supa-Dupa-Fly/release/777869
  2. ^ http://books.google.com.cy/books?id=pCYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA50&dq=female+rappers+sales&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7KyWUMqhK4SC4ATz24Bw&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=female%20rappers%20sales&f=false
  3. ^ a b c Gaar, Gillian G. (2002). She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll. Seal Press. p. 463. ISBN 1580050786. 
  4. ^ Brown, Ethan (March 23, 2007). "Everyone Wants Timbaland". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly CD Album". CD Universe. Muze. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ Farley, Christopher John; Cole, Patrick E.; Thigpen, David E. (September 1, 1997). "The New Video Wizards". Time. Time. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Hess 2007, p. 508
  8. ^ a b c d e Huey, Steve. "Supa Dupa Fly > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  9. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 362. ISBN 087930653X. 
  10. ^ a b c d Hess 2007, p. 513
  11. ^ "Billboard". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 112 (50): 56. December 9, 2000. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Missy Misdemeanor Elliott [extended]". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  13. ^ Diehl, Matt (August 8, 1997). "Music Review - Supa Dupa Fly (1997)". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  14. ^ Coker, Cheo Hodari (August 24, 1997). "Pop Music; In Brief; *** 1/2 Missy Elliott, 'Supa Dupa Fly,' EastWest Records". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  15. ^ Jamison, Laura (September 4, 1997). "Missy Elliott: Supa Dupa Fly: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 276. ISBN 0743201698. 
  17. ^ a b Garry Mulholland , Fear of Music ISBN 0-7528-6831-4
  18. ^ Price, Emmett George (2006). Hip Hop Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 300. ISBN 1851098674. 
  19. ^ Pareles, Jon (January 8, 1998). "The Pop Life; The Best of '97: Looking for the Future While Listening to the Past". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Got Charts? When First-Timers Debut Big — Ashanti, Tweet, Britney, Eminem & More". MTV. April 11, 2002. 
  21. ^ Hunter, Karen (July 28, 1997). "Missy to the Max How a Regular Homegirl Became Hip Hop's Freshest Princess". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  22. ^ a b "Billboard". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 120 (24): 25. June 14, 2008. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  23. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum: Elliott, Missy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Supa Dupa Fly > Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  25. ^ a b "Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly (Album)". Ultratop. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  26. ^ a b "Supa Dupa Fly - Missy Misdemeanor Elliott (1997)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  27. ^ "BPI Certified Awards Search" (insert "Missy Elliott" into the "Search" box, and then select "Go"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 

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