Fifteen years ago, Missy Elliott released the unforgettable videos of "Get Ur Freak On" and "Work It," which to this day are still considered two of the most groundbreaking and imaginative music videos ever shot. You'll recall flashes of Missy in a black balloon suit, flailing her body in odd angles while imploring you to "lay your thing down, flip it, and reverse it."
The diiminutive rapper has spent most of her career trying to match the success of "Work It," and although she hasn't quite struck that perfect balance again, she's had a formidable career and is both a style icon and a trailblazer in entertainment, changing notions of what a hip hop music video can be in the process.
Today, Missy Elliott released the video for "I'm Better," featuring Lamb. The track itself is a riff on that Desiigner and Migos style, monotone delivery that stumbles over itself inelegantly. Truthfully, the song is a bit average. But the video makes up for those shortcomings by incorporating siome absolutely dashing set design and choreographing techniques that will have you glued to the screen.
If it's not a bleach-permed Elliott underwater dodging red lasers with an outfit that reads "SAVE THE HUMANS' that catches your fancy, then her appearing as a Mad Max villain with an angle-fringed bob in an underground lair surrounded by dancers suspended from the cieling will amuse and delight.