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Missy Elliott
Under Construction



THE ROLLING STONE REVIEW



It's hard to remember what the world was like before Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott came along, but historical records indicate that it was a lot more boring. In the past five years, Elliott has been more inventive and entertaining than anybody else in pop music (yes, including Beck) -- she's got the good humor of somebody who never minds if the joke's on her. Her fourth album Under Construction, uninhibited and unpredictable, is her best yet.

Elliott has a few messages she wants to get across: Rappers need to stop killing each other (absolutely); more MCs should dance like in the old days (right on); and the point that really excites her is the right of women to be as raunchy as men. "Pussy don't fail me now," she sings. "Boys, boys, all type of boys/Black, white, Puerto Rican, Chinese boys," she raps. When she wants to allude to a guy's dangling trunk, she drops a sample of an elephant roaring, a euphemism worthy of Howlin' Wolf.

Collaborating with her indispensable producer Timbaland, who makes the most unlikely sounds bounce, Missy gets top-notch work from a bevy of guest stars: Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, and on the humming groove of "Bring the Pain," Method Man. The only misstep is the last song, "Can You Hear Me," a mawkish collaboration with TLC that pays tribute to Aaliyah and Left Eye. Their grief is totally understandable, but the track sounds like high-fructose corn syrup. The rest of Under Construction? It sounds like habanero peppers, cinnamon and sweat.

GAVIN EDWARDS
(RS 911 - December 12, 2002)




Intro

Work It

Bring The Pain

Gossip Folks

Back In The Day

P***ycat

Go To The Floor

Play That Beat

Nothing Out There For Me

Slide

Funky Fresh Dressed

Ain't That Funny

Swing Your Partner

Can You Hear Me

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jay4935 writes:

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Somewhat Disagreed with the RS Review

In a time when we are tired of gangsta rap and all the violence that polutes music ,missy's under construction its like a breathe of fresh air ,you have to hear it to notice that its missy's most personal & heartfelt album ,its like her joyride, a place where you can dance, jam,make love & why not? remember the love ones we lost. maybe under construction lacks a little bit of originallity ( every song haves missy yelling "its a missy elliot exclusive " over old school beats),but the message it brings ( people stop killing each other,and living life to the fullest, happy without all the material & bling blingshit)and the fact that we cant deny that missys delivery its always on time its what makes this album worth listening to¡¡ holla at missy¡¡¡¡ P.S.the only thing i disagree with the RS review its about the song "can you hear me", i think its a good song & a heartfelt tribute...

{ Feb. 18, 2003 | Post 36 of 36 }

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fUnkY_fResh_dResSeD writes:

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Agreed with the RS Review

Missy did it
...again
Her and Timb came together to do the best examples of lyrical messages and sampling. The cameo she did with Miss Jade was great because all the fans we're waiting for the combination of their styles. Back in The Day is absolutely one of the best songs on the album, 2nd best for me it brought memories for some and taught the young cats like me a thing or two. But to me the best song was Gossip Folk I mean the beat is crazy and she has Luda on there..what more can I say?? Missy is my favorite female rapper and compared to the rest of the femalez..Missy is the best.


{ Dec. 28, 2002 | Post 35 of 36 }

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