Last weekend I found myself sitting in a room with a hundred music critics listening to an academic presentation about Missy Elliot. In fact, it was a panel of six academic presentations. There were arguments for the Afro-futurism of Missy Elliot as well as the importance of her influence on hip-hop since Under Construction. However, the final paper delivered on the panel was the most compelling. It linked Missy Elliot to the Korean Rapper, G Dragon, formerly of the K-Pop super group Big Bang.
The parallels between this video and Missy’s early 2000s work are many. “Get Your Crayon” is a direct mimic of “Get Your Freak On” to start.