Ciara Levels Up Her Summer Smash With A Vintage Verse From Missy Elliott (Audio)

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Last week, Ciara released her first single since her 2015 album Jackie, accompanied with visuals (embedded below) that reminded fans why the 2-step princess has an undeniable presence in music. This week, she offered more “goodies,” arriving gift-wrapped in some career nostalgia. Missy Elliott and Fatman Scoop join the party for the “Level Up (Remix).” From Superbowl ads to collaborating with Kelly Rowland and Busta Rhymes, this is the latest reminder that Missy Misdemeanor needs no recent albums to own her greatness. The remix is a callback to 13 years ago with the contagious “Lose Control.” That moment belongs to Missy’s 2006 Grammy-nominated album, The Cookbook. Ciara reprises the trio her latest single. The Dance remix nods to DJ Telly Tellz’ “F*ck It Up Challenge.” Ciara, Missy, and Scoop show that some formulas always work, no matter the decade.

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#BonusBeat: Ciara’s “Level Up” video: