By Matt Diehl
Updated August 08, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

Missy ”Misdemeanor” Elliott’s songwriting resume reads like a who’s who of contemporary R&B, and on her solo debut famous friends like Aaliyah repay the debt (Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Kim also cameo). But Elliott doesn’t need help on Supa Dupa Fly: She’s a wickedly innovative singer-rapper who favors expansive song structures and trip-hoppy textures. In the process, she creates an evocative space-age soul all her own. A-

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