Open main menu

"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" is a song recorded by American rapper Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott. It was written and composed by Don Bryant, Bernard "Bernie" Miller, Elliott, and producer Timbaland for her debut album Supa Dupa Fly (1997) and contains a sample of Ann Peebles' 1973 single "I Can't Stand the Rain", whose lyrics serve as the chorus.

"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
TheRainSupaDupaFly.jpg
Single by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
from the album Supa Dupa Fly
ReleasedMay 20, 1997 (1997-05-20) (radio airplay)
July 2, 1997 (1997-07-02) (CD single)
Format
Recorded1996–1997[1]
Master Sound Studios
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Genre
Length3:59 (radio edit)
4:10 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Timbaland (exec.)
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott singles chronology
"Can We"
(1997)
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
(1997)
"Not Tonight (Remix)"
(1999)
Audio sample
Music video
"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" on YouTube

The song was released to US radio stations on May 20, 1997, and the Hype Williams-directed video was released to video shows starting June 3, 1997.[2] The song entered the Hot R&B Airplay chart in mid-June, and peaked at number 6 the week of August 9, 1997. It peaked at number 51 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart the following week.

The song was released as the album's lead single on July 2, 1997, and reached the top twenty in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. VH1 ranked the song 99th on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s.[3] And in 2010 Pitchfork Media included the song at number 33 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[4] In 2000, "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" was named the fourth-best single of 1999 by The Village Voice's annual-year end Pazz & Jop critics' poll.

The song's moans are used as a sample in Method Man & Redman's "The ?"[citation needed]

Music videoEdit

The breakout music video was the first of Missy's career directed by Hype Williams.[5][6] The most notable aspect of the video is the patent leather blow up suit,[7] which resembles an inflated trash bag that Missy wears during a fisheye lens shot.[8] Timbaland, Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George of SWV, Yo Yo, Lil' Kim, Total, 702, Da Brat, Lil' Cease and Puff Daddy all make cameos.[9] The video was nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.

LegacyEdit

The song was used in a 2016 Coca-Cola commercial featuring professional golfer Jordan Spieth.[10]

Formats and track listingsEdit

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 4:05
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - Radio Edit Master) - 3:57
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Instrumental) - 4:09
German 12" Remixes

Side A

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Club 100 Version) - 5:10
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 3:46

Side B

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (House Version) - 7:25
German CD Maxi-Single
  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 3:59
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - Radio Edit Master) - 3:53
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - Master) - 4:32
  4. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - Beat & All Vocals) - 4:20
  5. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagle Discs Remix - A cappella) - 4:04
  6. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Instrumental Version) - 4:11
  7. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (A cappella version) - 4:08
U.S. 12-inch Promo

Side A

  1. "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)" (Album Version) - 4:11
  2. "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)" (Instrumental) - 4:11

Side B

  1. "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)" (Radio Edit) - 3:59
  2. "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)" (A cappella) - 4:11
U.S. 12-inch Single

Side A

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 3:59
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Instrumental Version) - 4:11
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (A cappella version) - 4:08

Side B

  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - Master) - 4:32
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - A cappella) - 4:04
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - Beat & All Vocals) - 4:20
U.S. CD Maxi-Single
  1. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Radio Edit) - 4:05
  2. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Desert Eagles Discs Remix - Radio Edit Master) - 3:57
  3. "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Instrumental) - 4:09

ChartsEdit

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 44
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 16
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bite our style (interlude) ; Friendly skies ; Best friends ... [et al.], G thang". Faqs.org. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Reynolds, J.R. (June 21, 1997). "EastWest's Elliott Gets a 'Supa Dupa' Launch". Billboard: 18.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Songs of the '90s – | VH1 Blog". VH1. December 13, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 50-21 | Features". Pitchfork. September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Missy Elliott - "The rain (Supa dupa fly)"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Missy Elliott Turns 40: 15 Videos Celebrating Her Career". The Boombox. July 1, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  7. ^ Elliott, Missy (July 16, 2019). "Lol it was never a trash bag it was a patent leather blow up suit and why was i in that? I don't know cuz I'm Missyhttps://twitter.com/4everPossible/status/1151221858223755264 …". @MissyElliott. Retrieved August 27, 2019. External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ "The Argument: Missy Elliott Is The Decade's Most Important Video Artist". MTV. March 9, 2006. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "Throwback Thursday: Missy Elliott "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (Video)". Refinedhype.com. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  10. ^ https://www.ispot.tv/ad/AKZd/coca-cola-rain-featuring-jordan-spieth-song-by-missy-elliott iSpot
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Missy Elliott" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – MISSY MISDEMEANOR ELLIOTT – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – MISSY MISDEMEANOR ELLIOTT – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  14. ^ "Missy Elliott: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  15. ^ "Missy Elliott Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 23, 2011.

External linksEdit