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Inside The Lines: Put My Thing Down Flip it and Reverse it

Illustration by Michael White. Words by Danny Chung

It being March wish is National Women’s Month, it would be a crime not to shed a bit of light on the incredible talent of Missy Misdemeanor Elliot. Missy’s longevity and persona in Hiphop are both anomalies for a number of reasons. She is one artist that has gotten by solely on her talent of songwriting and performance and never had to adhere to the “law” of “sex sells”.

The infectious of one her Missy’s most popular singles “Work It” quotes,

“Is it worth it, let me work it
I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it”

Our Inside The Lines series have dealt with heavier quotes that deal with subject matters of injustice and even death but this one we show another side of Hiphop that not any less Hiphop than the others. It’s about fun and having a good time and remembering to party. Missy has been empowering women and men alike to be as wild and free as they want to be for decades and shows no sign of slowing down. Let’s never forget to remember that this just as an integral part of our lifestyle as any other element of it.


Artist from NEW YORK, I've dedicated my life to creating Art and letting my imagination lead me. Nothing is impossible, to be creative is to breathe beneath water.

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