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Missy Elliott celebrates 20-year anniversary of 'Da Real World'

The 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee reflects on her sophomore album.

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Missy Elliott recently made history as the first female hip hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In the weeks after the induction ceremony, which featured a performance by Lizzo who recreated Elliott's most iconic music videos, the legendary songwriter and recording artist hit another milestone that further reinforces her status as an absolute visionary.

On Monday (June 24), the Virginia native celebrated her sophomore album, Da Real World, waxing nostalgic on what the creative process was like while she created it two decades ago. To commemorate the project's twentieth anniversary, the 47-year-old took to social media with a special throwback for fans.

On her Instagram, Elliott shared a now-archived interview with MTV News during which she talked about the sophomore curse, which is, for the uninitiated, the feared theory that an artist won't live up to the standards set by the success of their first album.

"It's really hard, the like, sophomore album. You try not to get that sophomore jinx," Elliott can be heard saying in the clip, which includes the watermarked date of 1999.

"My album DA REAL WORLD 20th year Anniversary," Elliott captioned her emoji-laden post. "The hardest album for me to complete. I was so stressed but when it was done it was SO FUTURISTIC and the beats was THEATRICAL."

She went on to explain how at the time, she didn't fully grasp the magnitude of the timeless magic she was creating.

"Timbaland & I didn't understand that we were changing the sound of music we were kids & just hungry...This album is like no other..." she concluded. "Sidebar MY HAIR BACK THEN WAS LAID curls was sitting & full of hair spray. I can't."

The project sold an estimate of 131,000 copies within its first week and debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. It has since gone on to sell over 6 million units across the world, as well as led to her being nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards in the year 2000. Her latest album arrived 14 years ago, 2005's The Cookbook.

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