When I was 8 years old, I decided I was going to be like Missy Elliot. At the time, that meant that I put on a pair of sunglasses, and cut holes in a big black trash bag, draped it over my body and danced around my suburban home, making exaggerated movements and singing that I couldn’t stand the rain. I’m not sure that my parents know about this, but… it happened. Hi Mom and Dad.

I guarantee you that you know someone who did the same, if it wasn’t you who did it yourself. Truthfully, Missy Elliot is a pop-culture trailblazer; an innovator who does not get the credit that she deserves. I started thinking about this this past weekend after reading that it had been 20 years since her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly was released. The album was unique in that, there was really no woman in hip-hop doing what she did, at least not at the level she was creating.

Truthfully, however, Missy has never been given the credit she deserves as a trailblazer