Get To Know Lamb, The Grammy-Nominated Producer Who Makes His Rapping Debut On Missy Elliott’s New Single

Missy Elliott delivered a welcome surprise on Thursday night, dropping the video for her new single, “I’m Better.” The song is Elliott’s first new release in nearly a year and the video is a updated take on Elliott’s classic visuals, with a team of dancers in futuristic garments dancing underwater in a pool.

The song’s hook comes courtesy of Cainon Lamb, a name that many may not be familiar with. But the Miami native, who makes his rapping debut on the single, has been collaborating with Elliott, and a veritable who’s who of R&B legends, for over a decade. Below is a look at some of the crucial moments that led up to the Grammy-nominee’s rapping debut.

Lamb attended Florida A&M University on a full football scholarship and eventually played professionally in the Arena Football League.
His first major placement came on Fantasia’s 2004 album, Free…