The news that Missy Elliot has teamed up with Little Mix fills us with joy mainly because Miss-E was responsible for many brilliant late '90s/noughties collabs. We’re also hoping she’s going to drop a Joey from Friends voice into the tune (the song is called ‘How Ya Doin?’ after all) and perhaps if she gets fully into character, do a rap about sandwiches.
'We honestly can’t believe Missy is on our song!' the X Factor winners said of the collab. 'She’s been one of our biggest idols forever – it’s incredible. As soon as we thought there might be a chance she’d appear on the track we did literally everything we could to make sure it happened.'
In tribute of this happy news, let's remember Missy's 5 best collaborations...
1) Lady Marmalade
Featuring and co-produced by Missy, this 2001 collaboration between P!nkChristinaLilKimandtheotherone for Moulin Rouge! was as camp and OTT as you could imagine. We envision Missy acting like the serene go-between between feisty P!nk and Christina Aguilera, as they battled for vocal supremacy (and who got the lion’s share of the sequins during the video shoot). Interestingly enough when translated "Voulez Vous coucher avec moi ce soir?" actually means "does anyone know what happened to Mya, then?"
2) Hot Like Fire
Aaliyah, Missy and Timbaland were like the 3 Musketeers of 90s R&B and Hot Like Fire (from 1996’s One In A Million) was one of their greatest collaborations. It was later covered (in suitably wonderfully gloomy style) by The xx.
3) Heartbreaker (Remix)
This was during Mariah’s ‘I hate clothes’ period and appropriately saw her re-work the cutesy tune into an X-rated slow jam with Missy and BFF Da Brat on rap duties (and Snoop on 'not acting bothered in the video' duty).
4) Like A Virgin
Madonna! Britney! Christina! Sadly Missy didn’t get involved in the snog fest, but her contribution to the fun, wedding themed update of Madge’s classic VMA’s performance was short, sweet but vital.
5) I Want You Back
No come back! Mel B’s solo career may have fizzled down the dumper soon after, but this collaboration with Missy (which was interestingly originally intended for All Saints) was a wonderful mesh of classic Missy/Timbaland weirdness and Scary Spice’s feistiness (before that got a bit annoying).
‘How Ya Doin?’ featuring Missy Elliott will be available to buy April 14th