The iconic rapper and producer, who hasn’t released a studio album in more than a decade, has shared footage from an upcoming documentary project in which she explains her approach to making music.

“It’s never just a record for me,” Missy says in footage from the documentary, which details her considerable impact on the music world. “It’s never just making a hot record. I can do that in my sleep. But visually I have to see what I’m going to do with that record when I perform it.”

Contributors include Pharrell Williams, who says of the star in the clip, "She came out and completely blew people away...", and rapper Busta Rhymes who adds, "She just came out of nowhere with this frenzy of not only being a dope female MC, but being unlike any female MC prior to her."

The announcement comes as the 45-year-old Virginia native dropped new single I’m Better (featuring Lamb), accompanied by the rapper's trademark, stylised music video which she co-directed with frequent collaborator Dave Meyers. Meyers worked on WTF (Where They From), a collaboration with Pharrell Williams that also marked Missy's first music video in seven years.

The clip showcases Missy's futuristic hip-hop aesthetic. Swimming pools, exercise balls and rope are all cleverly utilised for a video that references science-fiction as well as hip-hop's most influential video director, and Missy collaborator, Hype Williams.

Missy's return to the spotlight comes after years of working behind the scenes writing and producing for other artists. Her last album release was The Cookbook in 2005.

Her return to the spotlight was spearheaded by an appearance with Katy Perry at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in 2015.