The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

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"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
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Single by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
from the album Supa Dupa Fly
Released May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20) (radio airplay)
July 2, 1997 (1997-07-02) (CD single)
Format
Recorded 1996–1997[1]
Master Sound Studios
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Genre
Length 3:59 (radio edit)
4:10 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Timbaland (exec.)
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott singles chronology
"Can We"
(1997) Can We1997
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
(1997) The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)1997
"Not Tonight (Remix)"
(1999) Not Tonight (Remix)1999

"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" is a 1997 hit song recorded by American rapper Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott. It was written and composed by Don Bryant, Bernard "Bernie" Miller, Elliott, and producer Timbaland for her debut album Supa Dupa Fly (1997) and contains a sample of Ann Peebles' 1973 single "I Can't Stand the Rain", whose lyrics serve as the chorus.

The song was released to US radio stations on May 20, 1997, and the Hype Williams-directed video was released to video shows starting June 3, 1997.[3] The song entered the Hot R&B Airplay chart in mid-June, and peaked at number 6 the week of August 9, 1997. It peaked at number 51 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart the following week.

The song was released as the album's lead single on June 29, 1997 [4](see 1997 in music), and reached the top twenty in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. VH1 ranked the song 99th on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s.[5] And in 2010 Pitchfork Media included the song at number 33 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[6] In 2000, "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" was named the fourth-best single of 1999 by The Village Voice's annual-year end Pazz & Jop critics' poll.

The song's moans are used as a sample in Method Man & Redman's "The ?"[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The breakout music video was the first of Missy's career directed by Hype Williams.[7][8] The most notable aspect of the video is the inflated trash bag that Missy wears during a fisheye lens shot.[9] Timbaland, Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George of SWV, Yo Yo, Lil' Kim, Total, 702, Da Brat, Lil' Cease and Puff Daddy all make cameos.[10] The video was nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1997 VMAs.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 4:05
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - Radio Edit Master) - 3:57
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Instrumental) - 4:09
German 12" Remixes

Side A

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Club 100 Version) - 5:10
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 3:46

Side B

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (House Version) - 7:25
German CD Maxi-Single
  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 3:59
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - Radio Edit Master) - 3:53
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - Master) - 4:32
  4. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - Beat & All Vocals) - 4:20
  5. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - A cappella) - 4:04
  6. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Instrumental Version) - 4:11
  7. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (A cappella version) - 4:08
U.S. 12-iinch Promo

Side A

  1. "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)" (Album Version) - 4:11
  2. "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)" (Instrumental) - 4:11

Side B

  1. "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)" (Radio Edit) - 3:59
  2. "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)" (A cappella) - 4:11
U.S. 12-iinch Single

Side A

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 3:59
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Instrumental Version) - 4:11
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (A cappella version) - 4:08

Side B

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - Master) - 4:32
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - A cappella) - 4:04
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - Beat & All Vocals) - 4:20
U.S. CD Maxi-Single
  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 4:05
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - Radio Edit Master) - 3:57
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Instrumental) - 4:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 44
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 16
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 4

Legacy[edit]

The song was used in a 2016 Coca-Cola commercial featuring professional golfer Jordan Spieth.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bite our style (interlude) ; Friendly skies ; Best friends ... [et al.], G thang". Faqs.org. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ Supa Dupa Fly. "Supa Dupa Fly: Missy Misdemeanor Elliott: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Reynolds, J.R. (June 21, 1997). "EastWest's Elliott Gets a 'Supa Dupa' Launch". Billboard: 18. 
  4. ^ "A Timeline Of Where Demi Lovato Was When Her Current Collaborators Hit It Big". Retrieved February 27, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 Songs of the '90s – | VH1 Blog". VH1. December 13, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 50-21 | Features". Pitchfork. September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Missy Elliott - "The rain (Supa dupa fly)"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Missy Elliott Turns 40: 15 Videos Celebrating Her Career". The Boombox. July 1, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Argument: Missy Elliott Is The Decade's Most Important Video Artist". MTV. March 9, 2006. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Throwback Thursday: Missy Elliott "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Video)". Refinedhype.com. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Missy Elliott" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – MISSY MISDEMEANOR ELLIOTT – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – MISSY MISDEMEANOR ELLIOTT – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  14. ^ "Missy Elliott: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  15. ^ "Missy Elliott Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  16. ^ https://www.ispot.tv/ad/AKZd/coca-cola-rain-featuring-jordan-spieth-song-by-missy-elliott iSpot