Though her decade-long absence has largely been due to her personal struggles with Graves' Disease, there's no denying that seismic changes within the music industry have also played a part in her departure from mainstream relevance. The advent of streaming as the dominant form of musical consumption has arguably exacerbated issues such as sexism and ageism within the music industry - issues which black female artists, in particular, have historically bore the brunt of. Nonetheless, things are changing.
Fourteen years have passed since Missy Elliott released her last legit project The Cookbook. For nearly a decade after, The Misdemeanor tested the waters of a full-fledged comeback with a handful of single releases and guest appearances after revealing a battle with Graves disease. Renewed interest in the former megastar hit a fever pitch following her surprise set during Katy Perry's Super Bowl XLIX performance.