On Being Constructively Freaky
Missy Elliot, Judith Butler and Alfred North Whitehead
Getting Started: GET UR FREAK ON
One of the most prominent female rappers of all time, Missy "Misdemanor" Elliot got her start in the all-girl singing group Sista, who -- despite being signed to a record contract with Swing Mob Records in 1992 -- ceased to exist before releasing an album. Elliot then moved from performing to writing and producing, usually in collaboration with her long-time musical partner Timbaland. During the early 90s, her efforts provided successful songs for R&B singers such as Mariah Carey, Aaliyah and Whitney Houston.
Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On” is the title of this year’s Pop Conference. So it seems particularly appropriate to deconstruct the MC-crooner-producer-songwriter’s two-decades-plus creative output. Elliott rose to mainstream visibility crafting an innovative fusion of hip-hop and soul that helped explode the musical and sonic vocabulary of 21st century pop. Stylizing her body as a canvas, she accompanied her music releases with glammed-out, envelope-pushing videos. Elliott crafted an alternative and transgressive vision of divadom that opened cultural space for successive cohorts of rebellious creatives like M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, and Azealia Banks.
Demystifying sex and gender
Publisher's Description of On the Occasion: Butler on Whitehead
Shrek: Let Your Freak Flag Fly
We spend out whole lives wishing
Perform your gender
Let's Face it
Our bodies are our agency
Gender is performative
Injustice is 'keeping us in our gendered place'
The freedom to resist
The Drag Queen as performer
Let Your Freak Flag Fly