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Missy and Timbaland continue to break new ground
on 26 November 2003
Missy is still da bomb on an album which see Missy Elliott expand her style but at the same time keep close to her old skool hip hop roots. If you like hard rap, then this may not be for you, indeed Missy gives repect to, but points out that, gangsta rap is a negative wave in hip hop. This album is a refreshing reminder that hip hop is about the love and fun of music, a culture, a style and art form, which includes rap but is not restricted to it, and above all does not soley embrace the negativity of loaded guns, pimps and drugs. This is where Missy Elliott is a breath of fresh air. Being old skool myself, Missy argues that you can still be legal and into hip hop. There are many strong lines and messages. For instance, Missy recognises inner strength over gangland physical strength, evidenced when she refers to the will power when a single mother has to put back the hip hop jeans she would love to buy.
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.