The Cookbook

The Cookbook

by Missy Elliott
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The Cookbook

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/05/2005
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678377921
catalogNumber: 83779

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
William Jeffrey   Composer
Keith Lewis   Producer
Hank Shocklee   Composer
Ricky Walters   Composer
Eric Sadler   Composer
Craig Brockman   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
Neptunes   Producer,Audio Production
Chad Hugo   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Producer,Audio Production
L. Jackson   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
Ciara Harris   Composer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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The Cookbook 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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")