Missy Elliott

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Things that need to happen at my funeral

    In his weekly column, award-winning goofball Shea Serrano, whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book, writes about his life and times. Earlier this week, I went to the funeral of a person that I cared about. While I am of course happy that he will get to spend the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    The ten best rap videos of all time

    There's nothing like a music video to bring out the character in a song. Unfortunately, these days, music videos tend to be mostly the same, especially rap videos. Needless to say, it's refreshing when a clip comes along that is different and creative enough to grab and hold your attention. With tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    The ten most influential mainstream girl groups

    There have been a countless number of girl groups throughout history, but there have been a select few who made such an undeniable impact on mainstream rock and pop like these ladies. Breaking gender barriers, they influenced countless other groups that followed and inspired a legion of young women ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    A rundown of the rap world's favorite drugs

    Drug culture isn't relegated exclusively to rock, obviously. For its part, the rap game is equally loaded with drug references of all kinds, from Promethazine and DMT to LSD and PCP, and likewise addled with its own cautionary tales and fatalities. While there's nothing as concrete to suggest that d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Here's what we're all listening to right now. What's rocking your world this week?

    As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>

  • Music

    October 18, 2012
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    December 22, 2011

    Michael Buble's Christmas raises the bar for all holiday tracks, plus a breakdown of the charts

    It's going to be a holly, jolly Christmas with Michael Buble's new collection of holiday classics.​Michael Buble put out a killer Christmas record, and it could not have come at a better time. While the charts are currently flooded with dance-pop beats, synthesizers-laden hooks and auto-tuned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Could Katy Perry be as "Bad" as Michael Jackson? It's certainly looking that way

    Perry's "Friday Night" is the next "Dirty Diana"?​"Katy Perry breaks another record" -- how many times have we heard that this summer? Not enough, apparently. Perry, whose last two singles, "E.T." and "Firework" have both been certified 4x-platinum, may claim yet another chart record title wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    So long, sweater weather. Bring on the sun! Top 10 songs for your spring soundtrack

    Spring flowers bring sweet effin' jams!​It's that time of year -- time to trade in those stinky wool sweaters for T-shirts and tanks. Time to toss off those boots, slip on your sandals and start prepping for the sunshine. Bust that picnic basket out of the basement, air out the old blanket and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Placing odds on Danger Mouse's next collaboration

    ​Danger Mouse just announced he will be collaborating with Jack White, which makes White the billionth musician Danger Mouse has worked with after Beck, the Gorillaz, MF Doom, Cee-Lo, James Mercer, U2, the Rapture, Sparklehorse, Black Keys and, oh, just about everybody else. He's the hottest c ... More >>

  • Music

    June 10, 2010
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    October 19, 2009

    Beyond Playlist: Modeselektor Body Language Vol. 8

    ​Modeselektor Body Language Vol. 8 Get Physical Music On Modeselektor's Body Language mix, the duo show an inventive and exciting approach to track selection and mixing. It's not easy to pull together a set that includes everything from Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes to Animal Collective, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    The Chain Gang of 1974 debuts new video

    The Chain Gang of 1974, who's getting ready to embark on a massive two-month long tour supporting 3OH!3, debuted its new video for "We At the Disco." The retro-leaning clip features departing drummer Adam Halferty and a cardboard robot toting around a vintage jambox interspersed with full on Missy E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008
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    April 3, 2008

    Monster Mash

    The top tier of hip-hop dance is here to help.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008

    Friday Rap-Up: DJ Bedz, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Flavor Flav

    Locals Only: DJ Bedz Joins XM Radio DJ Bedz has been handling business with Denver on his chest for quite awhile now. From spinning the weekend mixes on KS107.5, to reppin’ as the official Denver Nuggets DJ, to mixtaping the heck out of the Mile High City and even appearing on BET’s Rap City ... More >>

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Sov Story

    Lady Sovereign tries to break the Brit hip-hop jinx.

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Let There Be Rock

    Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned Rockist ways.

  • Music

    December 8, 2005
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    November 17, 2005

    Dear Nora

    Saturday, November 19, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.

  • Music

    August 25, 2005

    Overseas MP3s

    For just pennies a tune, you can build a primo music library and support free enterprise in Russia.

  • Music

    August 18, 2005


    A Son Unique (Def Jam)

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Missy Elliott

    The Cookbook (Atlantic)

  • Music

    March 31, 2005


    It's Me Again (Goldmind/Atlantic)

  • Music

    February 17, 2005

    The Hustler

    DJ Clinton Sparks has become a rising star by working harder than anyone else.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004


    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.

  • Music

    December 30, 2004

    God Save the Scene

    Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Fantasia and Ruben Studdard

    Free Yourself (J Records) I Need an Angel (J Records)

  • Music

    June 3, 2004


    The Pretty Toney Album (Def Jam/Universal)

  • Music

    May 20, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Legendary is relative, especially when it comes to the Amercan Music Auditions.

  • News

    December 25, 2003

    Year in Review: Pop Quiz

    Consider this your final exam on the past year. Cheating is encouraged, bribes will be accepted -- and grades will be posted at City Hall.

  • Film

    December 4, 2003

    Dance This Mess Around

    What a bad feeling -- and taste -- Honey leaves behind.

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    Free Bird

    Me'Shell NdegéOcello may not have platinum sales, but she's got peace of mind.

  • Music

    July 10, 2003


    Dangerously in Love (Columbia)

  • Calendar

    March 6, 2003

    Lord of the Ring

    Pelecanos uses his crime fiction to address the plagues of inner-city life.

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Pop Quiz

    January 16, 2003

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Piracy, Hip-Hop Style

    Skyjack Radio briefly took over Denver radio -- and its pilots are eager to hit the airwaves again.

  • Music

    November 22, 2001

    Redemption Songs

    With an album full of freedom, pain and poetry, rapper Mystic proves that girls don't just want to have fun.

  • Music

    September 6, 2001


    Aaliyah (Blackground)

  • Music

    July 22, 1999

    The Wide World of Rap

    Exploring the endless variety of today's hip-hop.

  • Music

    February 5, 1998