97 Words: “Fly Girl” by FLO feat. Missy Elliott

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

Once songs from your adolescence become the go-to source of samples, you’re officially grown. And, if you’re Missy Elliott, well… that’s just another reminder that you’re that bitch. Up-and-coming British girl group FLO sampled Elliott’s 2001 classic “Work It” on their single “Fly Girl,” and even managed to snag a co-sign from the legendary Misdemeanor. The track leans heavily on nostalgia in sound and lyrics, referencing another 2001 classic by Jagged Edge as they confidently sing, “I don’t need a man to tell me where the party is.” Like the hits they’ve sampled, expect these fly girls to stick.

Watch the “Fly Girl” video, stream it here, or check out their latest EP.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here.

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.