Missy Elliott Says She Probably Has Six Albums Of Material Stashed

(Radio.com) If Missy Elliott's recent song "WTF (Where They From)" is any indication, the rapper is poised to make big waves with her upcoming album, due out in 2016. Elliott graces this week's Billboard cover, where she discusses what it took to get back out in the spotlight after nearly a decade away.

After releasing The Cookbook in 2005, Elliott slowly stepped back from all she had built. Part of that had to do with her 2008 Graves' disease diagnosis, which caused rapid weight loss, hair loss and other issues related to her thyroid. After getting to a place where she could manage her condition, Elliott said she "quietly" released two tracks produced by Timbaland in 2012, but they didn't garner much attention so she didn't pursue any kind of comeback.

That didn't mean she lacked material, though. "If I wanted to do The Missing Files of Missy Elliott, I have probably six albums just sitting there," she said. "But it was much needed," she admitted of her break.

"People hadn't realized that I haven't just been an artist, I've been a writer and a producer for other artists. When you're writing that much, your brain is like a computer. You have refresh it." Read more here.

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