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Get Ur Freak On by Missy Elliott

Album: Miss EReleased: 2001Charted:
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  • Elliott wrote and produced this song with Timbaland, who also worked on her debut single "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)." This track came together very quickly when Timbaland was working with some Indian music he discovered in his travels. The beat was based on Bhangra music, which gave it a very unusual sound. Timbaland used a one-stringed guitar called a tumbi and recorded individual notes into a keyboard.
  • In the April, 2007 issue of Blender magazine, Elliott explained the meaning of the song: "It could be about dancing - the bedroom, whatever. You're cleaning your house? Get your freak on!"
  • "Get Ur Freak On" marked Elliott's first music video collaboration without Hype Williams, the creative mind behind her trademark futuristic look. The problem was, Elliott didn't want a trademark and was already feeling pigeonholed to fit the image that was expertly laid out for her in Williams' videos. "You see, I change my music and I change my image at the same time. I felt like as long as me and Hype continued to work together we would probably keep it going in the same kinda of direction," she told interviewer Amy Linden.

    Instead, she turned to Dave Meyers, another prolific director known for his work on Outkast's "So Fresh, So Clean" video and frequent collaborations with Pink, among others. Meyers became Elliott’s go-to director for her next ten videos.
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