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|1. Baby Girl|
|2. Bomb Intro / Pass That Dutch|
|3. Wake Up|
|4. Keep It Movin'|
|5. Is This Our Last Time|
|6. Ragtime Interlude / I'm Really Hot|
|7. Dat's What I'm Talking About|
|8. Spelling Bee Interlude / Spelling Bee|
|9. Toyz Interlude / Toyz|
|10. Let It Bump|
|11. Push It|
|12. It's Real|
|13. Let Me Fix My Weave|
|14. I'm Not Perfect|
|15. Pump It Up|
There's a reason rap enthusiasts breathlessly await new Missy albums. Maybe it's because her work is so uninhibited--who else but Missy would marvel at the magic of, er, self-love gadgets like she does on "Toyz"? And tastefully too. Perhaps most A-list rap stars don't need sexual aids to get their groove on, but Missy's looking out for the 95 per cent of the female rap population who might not look like Halle Berry. Some would apologetically rock fake hair extensions, but Missy celebrates them on "Let Me Fix My Weave." The self-deprecation continues on the jazzy "I'm Not Perfect." It reaches its apex on "Wake Up" (featuring Jay-Z), where she reminds us that wearing big Liberace chains and driving high-end sport utility vehicles is not all that important.
Sure, most of the guest collaborations here either sound unpolished or unnecessary, but as Bahamadia, Missy's one of the few modern-day femcees who would rather push envelopes than lick 'em. Despite its title, this album does test rap's experimental boundaries with much success. --Dalton Higgins, Amazon.com
There is the usual humour too, none more so than on the track Toyz where Missy represents the ladies and how they can pleasure themselves... by themselves. This is a Madonna like message in its forthright attitude of women taking charge of their own sexuality.
The beats are good, some have to grow on you a little although I found when I played them loud they all sounded phat (this is hip hop after all.) Timbaland and Missy Elliott set the standards high for others to follow, and that means they have to be experimental at times which has its risks, ie. does a beat work or is it forced? I'd say they've just about cracked it, but this is Missy moving forward and it doesn't capture similar beats to her previous albums (nor would you expect it to) but it does carry Missy Elliott's unique style.
There are many false claimants to the title of Queen of Hip Hop, but there is really only one...get this album and bow down to her. Respect.
Best Missy Elliott album!!!!
although i would probably say that if you are a true hip hop fan then you probably won't like this album much as missy seems to have lost a lot of her her hard hitting lyrics and dark beats which made her famous in the early days of supadupafly and da real world. she is also collaberates with more commercialised rappers on this album like nelly, and there are fewer apperances by more true hip hop stars like red man and method who featured on previous album cuts.
all in all though if you take this album as it is missy isn't trying to make any points on this album, she's just having fun (except on wake up) hence the title this is not a test, which is why some fans may be dissapointed as this wasn't the case on most of her last albums.
so in my opinion if you liked her last single pass that dutch, and previous uptempos like get ur freak on and for my people then should enjoy this album.
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