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4. Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott (Melissa Arnette Elliott)

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4. Missy Elliott

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Missy Elliott is not only one of the best in the business, she's also one of the most versatile hip-hop artists of all time. A multi-faceted entertainer, Missy writes, raps, sings, crafts beats and directs music videos. Speaking of which, her music videos are some of the most innovative visuals in the game. To crown it all, no other woman has ever been able to match Missy's commercial success — the Virginia native is the only female rapper with six platinum-certified albums.

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