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Missy Elliott Drops New Album ‘ICONOLOGY’ & Music Video Ahead Of VMAs

Missy Elliott is back with a new project for the first time in 14 years.

Missy Elliott‘s return run just got even hotter after the legendary female songstress dropped a new project Friday titled “ICONOLOGY,” accompanied with a music video for a new single “Throw It Back.” The video embodies everything that Missy is known for with crazy special effects and dramatic costumes, including one of her dressed as a moon man as an ode to her 2019 MTV Video Vanguard Award. The VMAs will be honoring the icon with the prestigious award on August 26.

“This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful. THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses,” Missy said in a caption as she announced her new album Thursday afternoon. “You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me! So, I have a SURPRISE for you… let’s continue the celebration at midnight tonight… I’m dropping a collection of new songs! Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance! Sincerely, Dr. Melissa “Missy” Elliott #Iconology.”

The “Throw It Back” video featured a cameo from Teyana Taylor, and Missy spits braggadocious lyrics while reminding us of the impact she has had on hip-hop and pop culture.

“Different kind of chick, we are not the same / I raised all these babies, call me Katherine Jackson / Please don’t steal my style, I might cuss you out / What you doin’ now, I did for a while.”

No lies were told. Missy has been collecting flowers all year, becoming the first woman rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 48-year-old Virginia native also received an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music. As a bonus to go along with the Vanguard award, MTV created a Missy Elliott interactive museum that will be open to the public August 24-25 and tickets sold out very quickly.

Fans may have gotten a sneak peek at the museum at the beginning of the “Throw It Back” video. You can catch her new video below.

Iconology tracklist.

1. Throw It Back
2. Cool Off
3. DripDemeanor f. Sum1
4. Why I Still Love You
5. Why I Still Love You (Acapella)