Release Date: 7/15/1997
When Supa Dupa Fly arrived, it was immediately apparent that it was something different. Singles "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," "Hit Em Wit Da Hee," "Sock It 2 Me" and "Beep Me 911" introduced the world to an incomparable creative duo and helped push the record to platinum status; it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
The record, produced entirely by Timbaland, blended R&B and hip-hop, relying on Missy's songwriting talents and Timbo's unpredictable production that was more about creating experimental pop canvases than it was churning out rap beats. But for all its weirdness, it was a record that retained an accessible, human dimension. It wasn't the best record the duo would make together—that honor belongs to either Da Real World or Miss E...So Addictive—but it was a fantastic album in its own right, and its success gave them the creative freedom to push further as they moved forward.