July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA, United States
Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott (born July 1, 1971) is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood friend and producer Timbaland on projects for Aaliyah, Total, SWV, and 702. As a record producer and songwriter, she has worked with Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Janet Jackson, as well as contemporary artists Keyshia Cole, Ciara, G Dragon, Tamia and Monica. In the late 1990s, Elliott expanded her career as a solo artist and rapper, eventually winning five Grammy Awards and selling over 30 million records in the United States.
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There is something really nostalgic, sad and lonely about this song, like she's going through a hard period in her life and the sound of the rain on her window is dragging her deeper into it. Driving on the open road, being close to the sea always eases the soul.