LOS ANGELES — Missy Elliott’s description of her favorite video director is like something you might see in one of his videos.
“Dave [Meyers] is like my Siamese twin, just a different color,” Elliott said backstage at the American Music Awards (see “Missing Eminem Cleans Up At American Music Awards” ).
Meyers, who co-directed with Elliott her “Get Ur Freak On,” “Take Away,” “Work It” and “Gossip Folks” videos, will again team with the rapper for “Back in the Day,” the third single from her fourth album, Under Construction.
Like the song, an ode to old-school rap centered around the line, “What happened to those good old days/ When hip-hop was so much fun,” the video will feature Jay-Z. “I can’t tell you the concept yet, but it’s going to be crazy,” Elliott said.
Once the clip is shot, Miss E hopes to finalize a summer tour with other women in hip-hop and R&B, to be co-headlined by Mary J. Blige.
“We just trying to get it together,” Elliott said of the outing, which she described as an “urban Lilith Fair.” “Our schedules have kind of clashed, ’cause she was in the studio working on her album when I just had finished mine. I love Mary. She’s an icon and I would love to be on a tour with her.”
Elliott has spent recent weeks producing tracks for several of her musical peers, including her protégé Tweet, Monica and Beyoncé Knowles (see “Beyonce Working It With Missy Elliott On Solo Album” ).
“I did a song with Beyoncé called ‘Signs,’ talking about everyone’s signs,” Elliott said. “It’s hot.”