Now with six albums under her belt, Melissa "Missy" Elliott shows no signs of turning down the heat with this sizzling Cookbook. With old pal Timbaland in tow, Missy recruits a Who's Who of talent, including the ubiquitous Neptunes, Fantasia, Ciara, Mary J. Blige, Slick Rick, Mia and Lil Kim, among others.
Starting with a humorous skit introducing the guest artistes, the album opens, literally, with "Joy", featuring Mike Jones, and produced by Timbaland. The lead off single "Lose Control" featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop is a dance-friendly fun track, as infectious as Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl".
Another hot track is "On and On" produced by The Neptunes, my other picks being "We Run This" which samples that `80s staple "Apache", "Bad Man" a Jamaican dance hall anthem featuring Vybez Cartel and Mia, and "Teary Eyed" produced by Warryn Campbell.
Her slower tracks simmer, but still burn, especially the sensual but X-rated "Meltdown"
Brutally honest, funny and sometimes salty, Missy's cookbook is a sure-fire bestseller.