Missy Elliott Sweats Out Her ‘Good Weave,’ Hops into Crowd at First Essence Festival Show
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“How many girls in here are looking for a hot boy,” Missy Elliott asked an anxious ESSENCE crowd at the Super Dome on Saturday night. “A hot man?.. A hot dog?” Launched into “Hot Boys,” one of the umpteen classic ’90s and early oughts bangers she’s got in her vault. 

The 20-year vet rocked a leather jumpsuit with a peace sign at its center, Elliott was bent on women sweating up their freshly done hair. And based on the amount of shiny lady faces in the crowd, it’s likely many steamed out their hairdos. 

The highest moment of the performance came when she jumped into the crowd to turn things up with “Work It.” “We gon’ show New Orleans how we really get down,” she yelled while finding the pockets of the crowd with the most energy and wielding a microphone with her initials on it. She also brought out singer and protege of sorts Jazmine Sullivan. 

Missy mission after the show? To fill her belly. “I’m hungry,” she confessed. “They say New Orleans smells like biscuits all day long.”