In the center of a busy period making guest appearances and writing for other artists, Elliott's debut album, Supa Dupa Fly, was released in mid-1997; the success of its lead single "The Rain" led the album to be certified platinum.
The success was also a result of the music videos of her single releases which had been directed by Harold "Hype" Williams, who created many groundbreaking hip hop, or arguably more specifically Afrofuturistic, videos at the time.
In reality, the pair had found refuge at a family member's home where their possessions were stored in a loaded U-Haul truck.
with friends La'Shawn Shellman, Chonita Coleman, and Radiah Scott.
She recruited her neighborhood friend Timothy Mosley (Timbaland) as the group's producer and began making demo tracks, among them included the promo "First Move".
by performing Jodeci songs a cappella for him backstage after one of his group's concerts.
In short order, Fayze moved to New York City and signed to Elektra Records through De Vante's Swing Mob imprint, also renaming the group Sista.
The pair wrote and produced nine tracks for Aaliyah's second album, One in a Million (1996), among them the hit singles "If Your Girl Only Knew", "One in a Million", "Hot Like Fire", and "4 Page Letter".
All 20-plus members of the Swing Mob—among them future stars such as Ginuwine, Playa, and Tweet she also contributed, credited and uncredited, to the Jodeci albums Diary of a Mad Band (1993) and The Show, the After Party, the Hotel (1995).
Timbaland and De Vante jointly produced a Sista album, entitled 4 All the Sistas Around da World (1994). Blige while Blige was in sessions for her second album My Life.
In later years, she feared no one would take her seriously, because she was always the class clown. She enjoyed school for the friendships she formed though she had little interest in school work.
She would later get well above average marks on intelligence tests, At fourteen, Elliott's mother decided to end the situation; she fled with her daughter under the guise of taking a joyride on a local bus.