She's a Bitch

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"She's a Bitch"
Single by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
from the album Da Real World
ReleasedApril 20, 1999 (1999-04-20)
StudioMaster Sound Studios
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott singles chronology
"I Like Control"
"She's a Bitch"
"All n My Grill"
Music video
"She's a Bitch" on YouTube

"She's a Bitch" is a song recorded by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott for her second album, Da Real World (1999). Produced by Timbaland, it was released as the album's debut single, and despite an expensive music video directed by noted video director Hype Williams, the song peaked only at number 90 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, with Da Real World's other singles "All n My Grill" and "Hot Boyz" going on to greater chart success. Elliott performed the song live on a number of occasions, including the 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The '90s Game Changers.


Written by Missy Elliott and Tim "Timbaland" Mosley, "She's a Bitch" set the darker tone of Da Real World, featuring Elliott's angry lyrics and an ominous soundscape courtesy of Timbaland. The song made heavy use of the word "bitch" as a double-edged commentary on its different meanings. It is used in both the negative sense that Elliott's critics would label her as a "female dog", and also in a sense intended by Elliott to be self-empowering.

Music video[edit]

The "She's a Bitch" video was directed by Hype Williams on May 1, 1999; similar to his other clips for Elliott, Williams makes extensive use of unique effects, costuming, and sets. Highlights of the video include Elliott and her dancers being raised from underwater on a giant hydraulic "M", and also a complete set made from Electro Luminescent lighting. Although EL lighting is cheap and readily available today, in 1999 it was not. Experts had to be flown in from Germany to construct the set, which even included an EL costume.

Costuming for the video was also unconventional. For much of the video, Missy Elliott and her dancers can be seen dressed in rubber suits with bald heads. The production cost of the video was over $2 million, making it one of the most expensive videos of all time.

Ski Mask the Slump God remix[edit]

Florida rapper Ski Mask the Slump God released a remix of the song titled "Catch Me Outside". A music video for the song was released on July 27th, 2017, and was directed and shot by Cole Bennett. In the song, he makes references to Naruto, the Pokemon Ninetales, the Italian luxury fashion brand Gucci, the basketball movie Like Mike, Peter Griffin, who is the protagonist of Family Guy, Lauryn Hill, King Julien from Madagascar, the rapper Yo Gotti, "Doktor Avalanche", a drum machine used by The Sisters of Mercy, his mixtape You Will Regret (stylized as "YouWillRegret"), the actor Jonah Hill, Coca-Cola and its polar bear mascot used in Christmas advertising, and the children's TV show Blue's Clues.

Track listings[edit]

UK single[edit]

12" Promo [1]

Side A

  1. "She's a Bitch" (Radio Edit) – 3:27
  2. "She's a Bitch" (Clean Version) – 3:27

Side B

  1. "She's a Bitch" (Instrumental) – 4:00
  2. "She's a Bitch" (Acapella) – 3:48

US single[edit]

12" Promo [2][3]

Side A

  1. "She's a Bitch" (Radio Edit) – 3:27
  2. "She's a Bitch" (Clean Version) – 3:27

Side B

  1. "She's a Bitch" (Instrumental) – 4:00
  2. "She's a Bitch" (Acapella) – 3:48
CD Promo [4]
  1. "She's a Bitch" (Radio Edit) – 3:27
  2. "She's a Bitch" (Clean Version) – 3:27
  3. "Audio Bio" – 1:25

Europe single[edit]

CD Promo [5]
  1. "She's a Bitch" (Radio Edit) – 3:27
  2. "She's a Bitch" (Clean Version) – 3:27


Chart (1999) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 70
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 84
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 26
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 53
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 90
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[10] 30


  • All vocals by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and Timbaland
  • Produced by Timbaland
  • Co-produced by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
  • Engineer: Senator Jimmy D (Jimmy Douglass)
  • Assistant engineer: Drew Coleman
  • Mixed by Timbaland and Jimmy Douglass at Manhattan Center Studios, New York, New York.
  • Assistant mixing engineer: Darren S. Moore


  1. ^ Missy Elliott – She's A Bitch
  2. ^ Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott* – She's A Bitch
  3. ^ Missy Elliott – She's A Bitch
  4. ^ Missy Misdemeanor Elliott* – She's A Bitch
  5. ^ Missy Misdemeanor Elliott* – She's A Bitch
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  7. ^ " – Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – She's a Bitch". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  8. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott&titel=She's+a+Bitch&cat=s – Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – She's a Bitch". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  9. ^ ""Misdemeanor"+Elliott&titel=She's+a+Bitch&cat=s – Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott – She's a Bitch". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  10. ^ a b "misdemeanor"-elliott/chart-history/ "She's a Bitch" – Missy Elliott – Chart History. Retrieved 2009-02-17.

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