The Extraordinary Life Of Rap Icon Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot

Missy Elliot is one of America’s most successful rap artists. She is not just a rapper but is also a producer who owns her own record label, Gold Mind. However, the superstar’s success was achieved after a hard-fought battle with early life.

Missy Elliot came from a troubled, broken, and violent home life. This is the sort of situation that can often lead to major problems in adulthood, but she managed to defy the odds and exceed the expectations of all, achieving success beyond that of most people’s wildest dreams.

She Was Afraid For Her Mother’s Well-Being

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Missy Elliot’s childhood was not easy. She was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands one of her cousins when she was just eight years old. In addition to that, her home life was a violent one, filled with fear of her father.

Elliot’s father beat her mother so badly that she recounted being afraid to stay with friends for fear that in her absence, her father would beat her mother to death. The violence would continue until her mother was finally able to leave Elliot’s father and escape that home life. By that time, Elliot was 14-years-old.