The 50 Best Timbaland Beats

8. Missy Elliott "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (1997)

Album: Supa Dupa Fly
Label: Goldmine/Elektra

The video for Missy Elliott's debut single "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" quickly dispensed with the notion that she was going to be another sexpot rapper and defanged all reservations about her weight by making it a point of mild self-deprecating humor. "The Rain" video had jokes, but the music didn't. Missy introduced herself as a true oddball with the rap skills to match, and Timbaland's production outfitted rubbery funk and a clutch sample from "I Can't Stand the Rain" with fake storm noises and cricket sounds because '90s Tim loved to make the beat ape the subject matter.

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