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Missy Elliott has always been keen on experimentation, crafting genre-bending music as effortlessly as Allen Iverson sinks free throws. And on her sixth album, the expectedly eclectic The Cookbook, Missy keeps us guessing once again, relegating longtime production ace Timbaland to only two tracks and recruiting an array of top trackmasters for added sonic assistance. The Neptunes supply her with avant-garde, robotic sound effects for the off-kilter "On & On," while hit-maker extraordinaire Rich Harrison Beyoncé, Amerie orchestrates a signature big-band backdrop for the raucous "Can't Stop." Elliott's passion for the old school spawns a pair of gems: the Slick ...
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Barnes & Noble - Matt Barone
Missy Elliott has always been keen on experimentation, crafting genre-bending music as effortlessly as Allen Iverson sinks free throws. And on her sixth album, the expectedly eclectic The Cookbook, Missy keeps us guessing once again, relegating longtime production ace Timbaland to only two tracks and recruiting an array of top trackmasters for added sonic assistance. The Neptunes supply her with avant-garde, robotic sound effects for the off-kilter "On & On," while hit-maker extraordinaire Rich Harrison Beyoncé, Amerie orchestrates a signature big-band backdrop for the raucous "Can't Stop." Elliott's passion for the old school spawns a pair of gems: the Slick Rick–assisted "Irresistible Delicious" and "My Struggles," featuring Brand Nubian's Grand Puba and Mary J. Blige. Elsewhere, Missy caters to party fiends "Lose Control," featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop and freak-flag wavers "Meltdown" as convincingly as on any of her past hits. Although it's not her most fulfilling offering, Missy's Cookbook has enough choice selections to satisfy her listeners' creative appetite.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Critics and fans were praising Missy Elliott and Timbaland so much during 2002-2003 that the hottest production combo in hip-hop may have started believing that a great production is synonomous with a great song. This Is Not a Test!, her first major mistake, featured cutting-edge tracks in abundance, but virtually nothing in the way of heavyweight material. Its follow-up, The Cookbook, brings the focus back to Missy the rapper and songwriter, wisely in most cases leaving the productions to a more varied cast than any of her previous records. Ironically though, Elliott herself produced the lead single, "Lose Control," giving it a tight electro feel courtesy of some vintage '80s samples from Cybotron and Hot Streak. It's only the first nod to the type of old-school party jam that Elliott does better than ever here; "We Run This" resurrects the "Apache" break and a classic Sugarhill Gang track for one of the best club tunes of the year, Rich Harrison gives a bright, brassy production to another party song, "Can't Stop," and "Irresistible Delicious" featuring Slick Rick sounds at least 15 years removed from contemporary rap yes, that's a good thing. In a few spots The Cookbook isn't too far removed from This Is Not a Test! -- Elliott forces a few rhymes, plays to type with her themes, and uses those outside producers to follow trends in hip-hop she could have easily accompanied a 12-track record of her usual solid material with a watered-down "New Sounds in Hip-Hop & R&B EP" that would kick off with the syrupy Houston retread "Click Clack," the Neptunes' tired "On & On," and the bland pop-idol duet "My Man" featuring Fantasia. What's different here is how relaxed Elliott is, how willing she seems to simply go with what comes naturally and sounds best. "My Struggles" isn't the myopic confessional suggested by the title, but an East Coast all-stars jam that features one of her best raps ever and deftly switches in midstream to allow Mary J. Blige to reprise her "What's the 411?" classic to say nothing of Grand Puba's verse. And the final track, "Bad Man," sees one of the most welcome collaborations seen in rap for some time, as Elliott joins dancehall heroes M.I.A. and Vybz Kartel plus a drumline from Atlanta A&T.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2005
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678377921
  • Catalog Number: 83779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Joy - Mike Jones (4:49)
  2. 2 Partytime (3:04)
  3. 3 Irresistible Delicious (4:15)
  4. 4 Lose Control - Ciara (3:47)
  5. 5 My Struggles (2:52)
  6. 6 Meltdown (4:16)
  7. 7 On & On (4:45)
  8. 8 We Run This (3:25)
  9. 9 Remember When (4:18)
  10. 10 4 My Man (5:10)
  11. 11 Can't Stop (3:49)
  12. 12 Teary Eyed (3:49)
  13. 13 Mommy (2:58)
  14. 14 Click Clack (2:54)
  15. 15 Time and Time Again (3:49)
  16. 16 Bad Man - M.I.A. (7:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Missy Elliott Primary Artist
Charlene "Tweet" Keys Background Vocals
Southwest DeKalb Drums
Technical Credits
Juan Atkins Composer
Mary J. Blige Composer
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
William Jeffrey Composer
Keith Lewis Producer
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer
E. Sadler Composer
Missy Elliott Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Timbaland Producer, Audio Production
Paul J. Falcone Engineer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Iz Instrumentation
Tim Mosley Composer
The Neptunes Producer, Audio Production
Chad Hugo Composer
Warryn Campbell Producer, Audio Production
L. Jackson Composer
C. Harris Composer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Rich Harrison Producer
Rhemario Webber Producer
Maya Arulpragasm Composer
Mike Jones Composer
Greg Gigendad Burke Art Direction
C. Hudson Composer
Richard Davis Composer
Michael Eleopoulos Engineer
Saint Nick Producer
Wyatt Coleman Engineer
Craig X. Brockman Audio Production
Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    M.I.S.S. E.

    Missy is and always will be my #1 female rap artist. Supa Dupa Fly, Da Real World, Miss E...So Addictive, Under Construction, This Is Not A Test, and Cookbook. I have all of them. On this album, Missy kinds of fall short on some of the tracks (maybe because I'm a R&B fool), her dance tracks are not that interesting to me, but she makes up for them on a couple of songs. Joy is one of my favorite tracks, the beat is HOT and she got Mike Jones...(who) Mike Jones..(who) Mike Jones on the track. My other favorites include My Man featuring Fantasia, On & On featuring Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, and Lose Control featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop. But by far the best DAMN songs on the LP are "Meltdown", she ripped it up on that...the beat is FIRE and her lyrics are the ish...(I think I'm in love like Beyonce' be with Jigga). And my absolute jam is "Teary Eyed". This is my favorite song of the album, because like I said, I love R&B and this song is sad and you can feel her pain. I can't go a day without listening to that song....I know her new album (rumored to be titled Cookbook II) is gonna be hot. (Also rumored her next single will be "We Run This")

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cooking Up A Tasty Album

    In my honest opinion, Missy Elliot has yet to make bad CD, and the "Cookbook" just confirms that she is still a force not to be messed with. She has maintained her success for ages, making chart topping hit after hit. With or without Timbaland (not that Tim is a bad producer) Missy pretty much pushes much of the female rapper compatition to the side. Though many critics didn't feel her last CD was a true testament of Elliots' style and performance, still,"This is not a test" was a cohesive and consistant disc, proving she can still make hits dispite critic drones. Missy falls back on her old stand-bys, using 80s samples, rubbery/slinky beats, slick rhymes and writing methods. She still mixes it up a bit so "Cookbook" is never boring, going between R&B, and just good old fashion rap. Once again Missy Elliot "cooks-up" a batch of tasty, catchy cuts, which get the party jumpin'.

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