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Six months ago, Elektra Records decided that Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott was a hip-hop star. However, there was one problem. Outside of the relatively small demographic of people who pay close attention to the songwriting credits of R.-and-B. albums--Elliott has composed minor hits for such acts as Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Jodeci--hardly anybody had ever heard of her. Also, Elliott isn't your typical Top 40 sex siren. She has a regular, stocky body, the kind most people have unless they're members of a professional sports team or Keenen Ivory Wayan's all-woman house band. So the record company turned to music-video director Hype Williams....

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