Grammy-winning producer Timbaland is giving hip-hop fans a reason to rejoice after promising elusive rap veteran Missy Elliott‘s long-awaited solo album is in the works.
According to Timbo, he is working alongside Elliott for her follow-up to 2005’s The Cookbook.
“It’s coming,” the rapper’s longtime producer and songwriting partner tells Rolling Stone. “It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun. We have the game-changer right there,” he says, making the sound of a gun firing. Asked what that bullet sounds like, Timbaland remains vague: “It’s something you ain’t never heard Missy do. It sounds today, but the future.” (Rolling Stone)
In an interview last winter, Missy killed the retirement speculation and admitted her lack of music stemmed from needing motivation.
In a video chat with Yahoo!’s “The Yo Show,” Missy discussed her lengthy hiatus from the music industry. “When I create something, it’s gotta be special and it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy,” said the 42-year-old rapper. “I gotta feel like what I’m giving the fans is 100 percent and that it’s game-changing. I don’t just throw out microwave records.” (Rap-Up)
The 42-year-old musician also promised a long-awaited new album would still hit store shelves in the future.
“Just being inspired by things is what I’m grabbing for because music is different now,” she explained. “Not to say that it’s bad, it’s just different now, so I’m just trying to make sure that what I give is 100 percent because I know that expectations is high from my fans and it’s high of myself.” She did, however, reassure fans that she is planning a comeback. “It’s coming. I just ain’t telling nobody when.” (Rap-Up)
Music executive Yandy Smith previously hit up SOHH and gave her opinion on Missy’s status in the game, having previously managed her at Violator.
I think what’s interesting about these artists and what makes them great is their ability to keep on reinventing themselves,” Smith told SOHH. “Missy really hasn’t been gone, she has manifested herself to Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan and Monica. All of those hit records that you hear, Missy has had a hand in them. She’s been busy writing and producing and being very instrumental in a lot of the hits that we’ve heard throughout the past couple years.” (SOHH)