18 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Missy Elliott had already given the world a preview of the 21st century with 1999’s Da Real World—though her high-gloss futurism, including alien-sounding beats and music-video theatrics, proved to be far cooler than reality. And so, two years later, having established herself and her right-hand man, Timbaland, as two of hip-hop’s most distinctive new talents, the Virginia innovator unleashed an all-out sensory assault with Miss E… So Addictive, Elliott’s third album, and the one that established the rapper as a seriously formidable hitmaker. “I know some of y’all sick of songs y’all be hearing on the radio,” Elliott purrs gently on the album’s unassuming intro, “So me and Timbaland gonna give you some sh*t you never heard before.” With that, Miss E… explodes into a run of funky, filthy bangers that trace the ecstatic arc of a wild night of debauchery, through which Elliott sings just as often as she raps. “One Minute Man” is hypnotic in its minimalism, Elliott’s breathy melodies floating over Timbo’s swaggering bassline; by the time the drunken bhangra loop of “Get Ur Freak On” hits, the intro’s promise has officially been upheld before the album is even a third of the way through. But there’s more to Miss E… than freaky club smashes (though they’re pretty easily the high point): see the high-stepping disco of “Old School Joint” and slinky soul of Ginuwine collaboration “Take Away.” “Yo, I’m on fiiiire!” Elliott hollers over Timbaland’s pounding club beat on “4 My People,” and it’s impossible to disagree—this is Missy at the peak of her dynamism.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Missy Elliott had already given the world a preview of the 21st century with 1999’s Da Real World—though her high-gloss futurism, including alien-sounding beats and music-video theatrics, proved to be far cooler than reality. And so, two years later, having established herself and her right-hand man, Timbaland, as two of hip-hop’s most distinctive new talents, the Virginia innovator unleashed an all-out sensory assault with Miss E… So Addictive, Elliott’s third album, and the one that established the rapper as a seriously formidable hitmaker. “I know some of y’all sick of songs y’all be hearing on the radio,” Elliott purrs gently on the album’s unassuming intro, “So me and Timbaland gonna give you some sh*t you never heard before.” With that, Miss E… explodes into a run of funky, filthy bangers that trace the ecstatic arc of a wild night of debauchery, through which Elliott sings just as often as she raps. “One Minute Man” is hypnotic in its minimalism, Elliott’s breathy melodies floating over Timbo’s swaggering bassline; by the time the drunken bhangra loop of “Get Ur Freak On” hits, the intro’s promise has officially been upheld before the album is even a third of the way through. But there’s more to Miss E… than freaky club smashes (though they’re pretty easily the high point): see the high-stepping disco of “Old School Joint” and slinky soul of Ginuwine collaboration “Take Away.” “Yo, I’m on fiiiire!” Elliott hollers over Timbaland’s pounding club beat on “4 My People,” and it’s impossible to disagree—this is Missy at the peak of her dynamism.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

skyasaurus ,

Buy the First Half.

This album has some of my favorite songs on it. The first half is absolutely incredible. However, right around the Bus-A-Bus interlude, the album trips and falls on it's face. Even the Humourous Slap! Slap! Slap! chant of Da Brat can't save the second half of the album, the I've Changed skit is just painful. Definately get Dog in Heat, One Minute Man, Lick Shots, Get Ur Freak On, and 4 My People...but skip Old School Joint, Step Off, and Watcha Gonna Do.

Jsa1192 ,

Missy will always have IT

Over 10yrs later & I'm still jamming out to these hot songs! ;) Missy needs to make a come back ASAP to show Nicki who the real boss is!

Pixie553 ,

Wow

Hate get ur freak on "then people" it used to "then nigguh" like the old one better

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