Under Constructionby Missy Elliott
Any doubts about Missy Elliott's hip-hop bona fides are bulldozed by her fourth disc, Under Construction. Although she made her name with playful, pop rap-R&B successes -- particularly 2001's Miss E... So Addictive -- Missy flips the script with quirky, sex kittenish rhymes complemented by a healthy dose of Timbaland's nostalgic b-boy bounce and futuristic funk. On "Bring the Pain," Elliott and Method Man trade sexually charged raps over the haunting atmospherics of that eponymous 1995 Wu-Tang classic. It's not her only nod to the past, as she reworks UTFO's "Roxanne, Roxanne," reminisces about rap's golden era with Jay-Z on "Back in the Day," and prominently features a Beastie Boys sample on the tongue-twisting "Funky Fresh Dressed." But the throwback masterwork is "Work It," a simmering stew of breakbeats, inverted hooks, and Missy's triple entendre-filled raps. Missy and Tim may have looked to the Middle East for inspiration on 2001's "Get Ur Freak On," but here they keep it right in the 'hood, mainlining the hip-hop of their adolescence. And while the beats are fun, there's no mistaking the disc for a kiddie-rap jam session. Throughout, the newly svelte Missy reminds us that she's an evolved woman with feelings -- both sexual (the self-gratifying "Pussycat") and sensitive (the heartfelt "Can You Hear Me" with TLC, which mourns the loss of her homies Aaliyah, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Biggie Smalls, and 2Pac). It's that blend of party and profundity that propels Under Construction, letting us know that although Missy's a work in progress, her music's gazing toward the future.
- Release Date:
- Elektra / Wea
Performance CreditsMissy Elliott Primary Artist
Lisa Crawford Background Vocals
Technical CreditsTLC Contributor
Mike "Hitman" Wilson Engineer
Method Man Contributor
Craig Brockman Producer
Missy Elliott Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Timbaland Producer,Executive Producer
Lili Picou Art Direction
Josh Butler Engineer
Alex Harris Contributor
Tim Mosley Composer
Senator Jimmy D Engineer
Errol "Poppi" McCalla Producer
Ms. Jade Contributor
Anita Marisa Boriboon Art Direction
Roberto Fantauzzi Photo Production
Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya Engineer
Jeff Allen Engineer
Christopher Bridges Composer
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Missy's newest album is bangin from track to track). No it's not her best album, but it is another "Missy Elliott Exclusive" (which she says at the beginning of every track. Besides the repeating and talking if you are a Missy fan you need to cop this one.
I think Missy Elliot in general is a very strong woman. Her life before the music business wasn't exactly perfect. But she made it, and now she is kickin' @ss and giving the music industry all she has to offer. Putting her music aside I think she is an amazing person. I met her once at an amusment park and she was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Not like Brandy, I saw her at a restraunt once and she was nothing like I had imagined. I rate this CD with 5 stars along with all of her other cd's
This new joint by Missy Elliot has a lot of truth in it. If your're a true missy fan and you listen to the things she say in Gossip Folks and Can You Hear Me is very honest. What can I say Missy is always going to keep coming at us with new crazy styles. Thanks to her beatmaster Timberland this album couldn't get nothing less than 5 stars.
I think that missy is a wonderful aritist.rapping what sounds right, a good influence. im one of her fan. she bounced back after aaliyahs death, shes a strong lady. love ya much.
I already have Missy's CD. I played it so much it scratched. All her song are off the chain. To yall who don't know what off the chain means, it means it is very good.My favorite song is number 13. Not only did she pay tribute to Aaliyah, but she also has TLC on the record to pay tribute to Left Eye. Another reason I like the CD is because of the old skool.
Overall good CD, if you like Missy, you would feel the CD. Its typical Missy. However, she could have done away with all the talkin' before, after and in between tracks. It gets kinda stupid after her third interupt.
This CD is great and the beats are bangin. I love her raps and her voice and this CD proves that she can produce her own songs. The Best CD of 2002!!!!!!
My Peepzz...if U haven't heard this album yet I suggest Your gonna do it fast because this album is just SICK. It' scertainly the best album of Missy yet. And this is only Under Construction. Imagine what her sound is gonna be when she's 'finished'. but the combination of Missy and Timbaland is just the best there izz. These beats are so sick. If you only know. J.