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Missy Elliott Drops Her First Music Video in 7 Years

Miss Elliott has recently her first music video in 7 years.Miss Elliott has recently her first music video in 7 years.
Miss Elliott has recently her first music video in 7 years.Photograph by Rob Loud — Getty Images

A musical icon who left her public wanting for far too long is finally back. Uh, no, we don’t mean Adele.

On Thursday, hip hop star Missy Elliott dropped her first music video in seven years—with no prior announcement, other than an Instagram photo posted on Wednesday.

The very first post on that Instagram account, which was also created Wednesday, is a still from Elliott’s new video for “WTF (Where They From)” with the caption: “I can’t wait for the whole world to see my new video tomorrow. 9am we bout to take off to another planet. U ready? Let’s go. #WTFMissy #FirstLook.”

The stealth release tactic has become more and more common since Beyonce quietly dropped her eponymous album in 2013. Others have followed suit, including Miley Cyrus, Drake, and Rihanna with her surprise single “BBHMM (B**** Better Have My Money).”

The new video for “WTF” is characteristically Missy, with amazing choreography, and futuristic costumes and artful sets. The video features renowned hip hop dancers Les Twins, marionettes of Elliot and the song’s producer Pharrell Williams, as well as breakdancers on—of all things—hover boards.

According to the New York Times, Williams has said that he’s working on an album with Elliott. While “WTF” will likely appear on the record, there’s still no concrete information on a release date. Will sales of the much anticipated album come anywhere near those of fellow comeback queen Adele? Probably not—but Adele doesn’t have hover boards.

Watch the video here: