Why Missy’s Been Quiet Lately

I’ve been wondering why Missy Elliott, who has recorded some of my very favorite hip-hop tracks, has been silent lately. The reason for the six-year wait for a new Missy album became clear yesterday, when the groundbreaking rapper and producer revealed she is suffering from Graves’ disease, which affects the autoimmune system and thyroid gland. Elliott told People magazine the illness had made even simple, everyday tasks difficult. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen,” she said.

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