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MISSY WORKS IT WELL
on 27 April 2003
After purchasing 'Da Real World' and 'Miss-E so Addictive', and hating them, I was extremely wary when it came to Under Construction, as it seemed like she only released the good singles. This album, Under Construction, has turned that on its head!
Missy is undisputedly the most commercially successfull female rapper in the music industry, getting way more recognition than the likes of Lil' Kim, Trina, Angie Martinez and Foxy Brown. That is because Missy has gone, to some extent, more mainstream with this album. The hard beats are still there, but a number of tracks slide towards r'n'b rather than rap.
Single 'Work It' is one of the best on the whole album. The kind of ethnic vibe to it, the catchy chorus and the great rhyming are what makes it great, and there's a remix with 50 Cent on the special edition. The other single - the Fatboy Slim Remix of Gossip Folks - is just mental. It is absolutely manic, and fantastic. However, the album original isn't too good.
Slide, Play That Beat and Ain't That Funny are the Missy of old, but she manages to incorporate some r'n'b funk into them. Slide is much like Work It, and Ain't That Funny is seriously stylish.
Two of the slower songs - Pussycat and Nothing Out There For Me (featuring Beyonce Knowles) - are done expertly. Pussycat is a smooth slice of r'n'b, in the vein of Mya or Brandy. Nothing Out There For Me is kind of an argument between Missy and Beyonce over Beyonce's relationship, with each girl giving their side of the argument, and it's great.
The other songs aren't that special, and Ms Jade - who features on Funky Fresh Dressed - is probably the worst guest artist that Missy has had on an album. She is simply vile on the song. Back In The Day, Bring The Pain, they're all pretty average.
Missy does shock on Can You Hear Me, where she shows a soft side to her. She duets with TLC, and together they mourn over Aaliyah and Lefteye. It is a very moving song.
Overall, Under Construction symbolises Missy's best work to date. She has stuck with her trademark attitude whilst becoming more modern at the same time. This album is well worth ago, whether you're into rap or r'n'b. More Missy please!