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Under Construction

Missy Elliott

2002

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Under Construction

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There are a few swings and misses here, but also a whole lot to like. Every collaboration works. It's criminal how underrated she is. Best track: Gossip Folks

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I can’t believe this is twenty years old

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Enjoying this way more than I thought I would.

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I'm not looking forward to his. At all. This is not a genre I enjoy. But hey ho, gotta open yourself up to new things haven't you. First track. Oh, she's mouthing off already. Shut up and sing ffs. Ok, here we go. Oh no. Go back to the talking. Please. I'm not going to make it through a whole album of this. Hitting the fourth minute of this now. The tune is pretty decent. Oooh, first use of the N word. Edgy. Better turn it down a bit. Nothing to the 'lyrics'. Track two. There are lots of collaborations on this. Maybe that'll help, because on her own she seems quite bad. Yeah, this is better. I mean, it's still nonsense lyrics, but it's got something. Track three. Did I just hear 'mama-jama'??! As annoying as I find it to say this, this track is quite catchy. Not lyrically, obviously. Track four. Ooooh, I've heard this before. It's alright from what I remember. Good chorus. Still a bit dodgy outside of the chorus - 'sex me so good I say blah blah blah'. I'm gonna be humming this all night, I know it. Hang on, she's talking to me again. Hope I'm enjoying the album? Meh, it's ok, thanks for asking. Track five. Jay-Z in the house. This track seems louder than the others? She sounds better on this track. More singing rather than rapping? I dunno. This is a bit of a nothing track tbh. Track six. 'My attitude is bitchy because my period is heavy'. Nice. No, I will not turn the volume up. This seems like something a school kid would come up with and think it's cool as fuck. It's not. It's shit. Track seven. This sounds a bit sexy. 'Pussy don't fail me now, I gotta turn this N out so he don't want nobody else'. I know I'm beating on these lyrics a lot, but come on, they fucking deserve it. Keep your man happy by making sure he's enjoying the sex. Oooh, more chat. Fuck me, is she reading my mind??!? She's having a go at me for slating her lyrics. Fuck off woman. Track eight. Here's Beyonce. Awww, she doesn't want to go out, she wants to stay in with her man. And on and on. I think she's protesting too much. Clearly out shagging all sorts. Are we at the end yet? No? Oh. Track nine. Pretty funky start to this one. She seems to be saying she's doing alright for herself. Got a bit of money, a couple of nice cars. Ok, good for you girl. Track ten. Why does she feel the need to keep telling me I'm listening to Missy Elliott? I'm ten tracks into the album, I know who you are. More advice on keeping your man. Back rubs, sex (I think), laundry, shout at hoes. Might play this to all prospective girlfriends, make sure they know what I expect. Track eleven. Back with the funk. Still telling me it's Missy Eliott. I. Know. Sounds like her fella left her. Stupid pussy must have let her down. Track twelve. 'I bought a Murcielago to sit, on the plush leather seats, forget am I on my own clit?'. It's Shakespeare. Some guy is broke, Missy isn't. 'Cuz rich folks, we buy boats' is gonna stick in my head. Track thirteen. This is pretty good. Yeah, quite like this. Best track on the album for me. Good way to finish. Oh, it's not over. More chat. She hopes I like the album, but if I don't, she doesn't give a shit. Ok.  I won't ever listen to this again. Hopefully.

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Missy is hands down the best female rapper of all-time. One of the best rappers period. And this album has her talent on display - smart meaningful lyrics, cool beats, lightning quick raps, and a pretty darn good voice. Her interludes are actually worth listening to (not just BS) and shows her depth of thought. Although her claim in the Intro that you don't hear Gates and Trump arguing because they got "paper" and "better shit to do" shows how much times have changed in 20 years. Her wordplay or own version of pig latin that she does in Gossip Folks and Work It is so unique and innovative. The former is one of my favorite rap songs of all time - beats and lyrics are just awesome. I'm not sure there was a weak song on the whole album. Slide and Go to the Floor were particularly good tracks I didn't know of before.

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I hadn’t listened to Missy Elliot before this, and that’s on me.

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This is a Missy Elliot Exclusive. I like how personal this album feels. Missy has always been one of the best flows in the game, but I never knew she had such a good singing voice. Great beats. Favorite tracks: "Work It", "Pussycat", "Nothing Out There for Me"

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This album was a super fun listen with immaculate production and delicious retro-future sampling. Some of the tracks don't quite hold up, but the highlights are so, so high. I can really hear the influence on Janelle Monae. Rating: 3.5/5 Favourite tracks: "Work It", "Back in the Day"

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Strong! So many top-end collaborators on this, and some deep digs for samples, and a really unique style. I never listened to the full album back in the day but really enjoyed hearing it through.

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Damn this was fun. I love the little before and after speeches and that, somehow, she managed to get the names of Bill Gates and Donald Trump in there. Exactly what hip-hop had been begging for.

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When I first searched for this on Spotify the first thing that came up was some jive from The Sims. A damning indictment of modern society. Anyway, this is really good - rhymes are sharp, the beats are accomplished and for once, guest spots are done with taste and intention. Absolutely of its era but no bad thing!

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There's nothing in the world that sounds like a Missy joint. When Missy's on her game, she's unstoppable. Unfortunately, there are a few tracks here that DON'T feel like Missy joints (I'm looking at you "Pussycat", "Nothing Out There for Me", and "Play That Beat") hence the 4-star review. But the rest of the album is just so good, she almost pulled a 5-star anyway. These beautiful, throwback traps feel so good with her effortlessly confident flow draped over top. Legendary talent.

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This was a great album

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Mucho flow, buenas rimas, grandes beats. Qué buena la Missy Elliott, no tengo skips, me gusta todo, quizá especialmente "Work It" y "Slide". También la de Beyoncé muy cool. 10/10

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love me some 90s hiphop

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Un poco largo. Pero pues es Missy. Brutal.

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Great rap album by an outstanding artist.

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5/5 - This album kicks ass

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Loved it. Made me laugh a lot.

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Muy fresco, excelente álbum

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Intense.

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Holy shit this was a surprise, I hated the other album, this one was fantastic

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Maybe the best flow of her generation and the production on this is immaculate

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This was great! My first Missy Elliot album. I liked it very much

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Owned this album when it came out. I remember 2002 as a blur but this was and still is a banger.

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Every song is a BANGER

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Classic

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"This is a Missy Elliott one time exclusive" e eu já fiquei animada. Conhecia pouco o trabalho da Missy, embora escute muuuito Work It até hoje, amei o disco e fiquei me perguntando porque não tinha parado para ouvir antes.

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Let's go Missy! The sampling on this album is really heavy on the soul and jazz which gives the songs this sense of cool thats hard to beat. Work It is a generational groove. Back In The Day is just all up in my face with Jay giving the opening rap. Pussycat is incredibly explicit, but Missy comes in with an explainer. Aight cool. This album was great I loved it a bunch.

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Bamgers through and through. I usually don't like monologues, but these fit very well.

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This is a classic. Loving the chance to revisit the album. To those who hasn't heard it yet, you have something to look forward to.

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Loved it, did not know this before, but it slaps.

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Missy Elliott is a hero

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loved it.

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She is marvelous. Flawless production with bangers throughout, flows, features, and soul.

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Much more fun and consistent than I gave it credit for

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Top 1 kvinliga rap-album.

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lit

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Girl power, roliga voice overs med, bra beats timbaland!

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Not my style, but I can recognize the historical influence.

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Such great focus, production, and performances. Not wild about every song but this is my favorite Missy album for sure.

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Man, I remember listening to this back in the 2000s. But, I don't remember having this much fun.

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What an album! I am not a hip hop fan, but this album is incredible. The guest appearances are a who's who of hip hop. The content is sometimes funny and thought provoking. Other times a little raunchy, but always entertaining.

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So many bangers! Loses the plot a little in the second half (really didn't like Pussycat or the Beyoncé collab) but otherwise so solid. 3.5

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Awesome

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Better than I remember. Fun album. Adding to my collection.

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Very slick - Missy Elliott makes it all seem effortless. Fave track - gonna have to go with "Work It" - love that the gibberish after the lyric "reverse it" really is the vocal track reversed. Always fun to hear people attempt it in karaoke! 😆

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This was actually well good - so didn't expect to love that! What a grooooze

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Entgegen aller Lästereien, die im Gruppenchat stattfanden, fand ich das gerade richtig geil. Hat mich irgendwo abgeholt und mit in eine richtig geile 2000er-Sause genommen. Mit Bauchfrei, Bauchnabelpiercing und Hüftjeans. Würds mir sicher wieder anhören! Mega entspannend.

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Good record! A lot of LPs of this era fall flat in spots, but this held me throughout

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Classic Missy!

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All time classic

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Highlights: Work It, Gossip Folks, Back in the Day, Play That Beat, Can You Hear Me This might be one of the most important hip-hop albums of all time: It's prescient (Bill Gates and Donald Trump? Jay-Z for president?), it's old-school even for its own time, but it maps out the future of hip-hop ("Back in the day...Hip-hop has changed"), and it wouldn't be Missy if it wasn't also foul-mouthed and that's OK. Hip-hop isn't my style, but I can't deny that Missy Elliot is the salesperson for the genre.

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Pues qué más que decir? Pues que me gustó. Todo un sonido que definió los inicios de los 2000, grandes colaboraciones con artistas que hasta la fecha son vigentes y unos beats superpegajosos que inevitablemente alcanzarían la popularidad. Aparte de Work It y la que hizo con Jay Z, me gustó Play that Beat, está super good vibes el sonido. Mood: Me siento bichota sin salir de los 2000.

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Missy Elliott is a lot of fun on this album! The production stands out and her confidence makes this worth listening too. It's not the best hip-hop by any means, but Missy Elliott has cemented herself in the history of hip-hop and it's well-deserved by all accounts.

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classic, idk what else to say. bomb ass features from method man, jay z, beyonce, tlc.. pretty good

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Lots of bangers on here

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Damals mutige Texte, heute unmöglich, wenn man #metoo berücksichtigt. Sie singt in deutlichem Englisch. Ist das jetzt highclass Rap? Auf jeden Fall erinnert es an Schulzeiten.

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Very good album. Missy is very clever!

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I dug this a lot

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Great Early 2000s Nostalgia

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How have I never heard Missy Elliott before? 8 songs in, absolutely excellent.

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I really enjoyed this one but then I do loves me a bit of hip hop. If sounded so fresh, couldn’t believe it was from 2002 - it spoke of topics still relevant today.

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fun, funny, great album and production

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4,5 Yaaaaaaas, ga ik zeker nog eens luisteren. Features zen hier zeker een meerwaarde. Work it BOP (was natuurlijk een nummer dat ik al kende but still) HOV is the goat. Missy Elliot > Cardi B

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Beat from the intro track had me hooked. Insane features

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Work it is peak early 00’s. Although not every a song is famous, it’s a lot of fun. Luda/Gossip talks is underrated

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Missy is dope and whew that feature list

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Really benefited from the interstitial comments about representing for females. Made me appreciate she wasn't being "vulgar" (btw I didn't care but it would keep me from recommending to others) for shock sake. Mid line marks because hiphop isn't my thing but salute to the author for speaking her thoughts!

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I love Missy Elliot because I feel like she keeps hiphop weird. Timbaland is probably also responsible for some of that, but I can't mistake her for anybody else. Every song I've ever heard of hers I liked. A natural.

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A classic

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Just like the name it feels like it’s building to some great tunes. Pussycat was particularly memorable

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It was OK, but I didn’t listen as closely as I probably should have, as I was doing chores.

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didn't expect the pussy talk but whatever, the album was good

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Good album: I love the lyrics Missy Elliott throws out without any shame, and her pronounciation is a refreshing change from more recent vocals that tend to go more towards mumbling. There are a few tracks that miss imo, but the beats are generally enticing and the features add to the songs. Not sure if I'll come back to it but I can defo grab some songs from here to go in the playlist

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Listened to at least parts of this a fair bit back in the day. I think to surface gloss of the saucy content distracted me from its deeper track message of grief for the many senseless losses hip hop sustained around the turn of the century, and its call for unity.

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Reminds me of life just post-college. I'd forgotten that the album is a tribute.

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Pretty solid! I don't usually like hip hop or music from the early 2000s, so I was surprised to find that I liked this hip hop album from the early 2000s. Some really good guest verses. Didn't dig all the songs, and it started off a little rough, but I'm very glad I listened to it.

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This is a really good album that makes me think about all that 2000s Hip-Hop/soul and wonders where did it all go?

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Really enjoyable, excellent grooves

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Enjoyable.lots of singing as well rapping. Very accessible and good intentions from Missy. Obviously as sex obsessed as Prince!

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A pretty great album! Hearing a woman in hip-hop take control of sexuality and other topics dominated by men of the era, and the talking directly to the audience vigniettes within songs seem like the most notable takeaways of the album and trends of the era. 3.5 rounding up!

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Lyrics are a bit of their time, but it was a fun listen.

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Damn bars where hard af back in the beginning of the century. Most of the album slaps even tho that Bey track is cringe af

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Wow, what a great album. First full-length I've listened to from Missy Elliott. I know about her, but wasn't too familiar with her music going into this. Plenty of hits, including some I recognized. The rapping is excellent and good lord, the production is amazing. It's handled almost entirely by Timbaland and Missy herself, they really are a force to be reckoned with. Give me more like this. Favorite tracks: Work It, Slide, Hot, Pussycat, Funky Fresh Dressed. Album art: Nothing to write home about, just a picture of Missy in the street. She's under construction I supposed. 4.5/5

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7/10 not my favorite style but it had interesting beats.

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Klassiker, viele Songs die man kennt. Guter Rap aus den 2000ern.

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I remember a review calling this "coffee table hip hop" which does sum it up a bit. Thing is Missy just works with so many talented people that when her flow isn't the best each song has a killer beat or hook. 4.4

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Good album

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How could you not enjoy this?

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SO GOOD. I am ashamed to have never heard this album before, but that's why I'm doing this project. I knew Work It, of course, but the other tracks were all new to my ears. Dedicated to Aaliyah, produced by Timbaland, this Missy Elliot album sounds amazing. Like, if it had come out today instead of nearly 20 years ago (which...how has it been that long??) - it would still be fresh and sound great.

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It's Missy, it's classic, it's timeless and it still kicks so much ass. Hot album!

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Loved it!

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Really excellent album, she has great flow and great beats.

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I was surprised by the amount of other singers on the album. Pretty alright album, not something I would tend to choose.

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This is a surprisingly deeper album than I would have expected. Missy's love for the overall hip-hop community really shines through. With all of the intro/outros throughout the album really hark back to where she came from and pays tribute to who came before her (I'm not normally a fan of intros/outros). She really brings the love for the music and the music alone and does away with the huge egos and all of the unnecessary 'gangsta' deaths. Best: Work It Worst: Slide

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It's Missy 🤷🏻‍♀️ What can I say?

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Missy was in your face, fiery and vulgar before it was cool

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What a pleasant surprise! Missy Elliot has a masterful control over the production of this album; great old school beats and fun raps. I like the overall positive/light hearted spin, but also that the album is dedicated to the people that she lost. I knew Work It, obviously, but it was fun to revisit. I also REALLY enjoyed some of the music videos. Creative stuff.

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[nodding head] 2002 Missy

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Best Song: Pussycat. Has to be one of the best R&B choruses out there, in a track that manages to be both absurd and legitimate at the same time. Worst Song: Back In The Day. Get Jay-Z outta here. The choppy beat is good, but wasted on Jay-Z's low energy input. Overall: Missy crushes it with her self-aware and funny lyrics. Timbaland crushes it with some production that is maybe peak-Timbaland, with layers upon layers of clipping beats. Honestly, the features here are the weakest parts (especially Jay-Z and Beyonce). Missy's presence is so big, and she's so uniquely playful and creative, that it feels a waste to have her share the stage.

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pretty good album, kinda cheesy but overall a pretty fun love letter to hip-hop I thought the end was pretty funny, “byemothafucka” 7/10

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This review is a Missy Elliott exclusive. I thought this would be a fairly unremarkable hip hop album thrown here just to balance out all the rock and folk, but damn okay. I like this a lot.

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Nice one

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en pärla!!!

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Hett

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It doesn't feel quite as groundbreaking as her astonishing debut or the futuristic classic Miss E... So Addictive, but it's still a really solid album. The production is killer as always, and Missy continues to be a phenomenonal rapper with a uniquely assertive delivery

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¡ǝuo sᴉɥʇ pǝʎoꓩuƎ

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4/5. Solid girl-boss hip-hop 👍

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God damn what a glow up from Missy. I thought her debut was absolutely carried by Timbaland and a few features, with Missy Elliot’s rapping leaving a lot to be desired. I’ve never been happier to be shown up, because god damn does she have a presence behind the mic now. Combine that with some more consistently excellent beats from Timbaland once again, and you got a recipe for a great album.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Bring the pain, Work it, Hot

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I liked this album okay. I think that Missy Elliot makes excellent music with Timbaland. The features on the album are good. It makes for great dance music. I think, in some ways, not enough time has passed for me to critically evaluate this album, since it now sounds old, but not old enough that it's easy for me to place it in the history of hip-hop. It's at that in-between age when a lot of good albums feel like they have aged poorly, like a lot of early 2000s music. I felt the same way about 80s music when I was younger, but eventually came to really appreciate it. 4/5

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Overall real chill hip hop album. I knew Work It was 10/10 but hadn't heard much of the rest. Liked the features by Ludacris and Method Man. Not a big fan of the Beyonce feature.

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It was a good one for sure, but not what I wanted to hear that day

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Both Timbaland and Missy are excellent here, crafting a well-deserved classic. I'm not familiar enough with the history of the scene to pick up what precisely was happening with Aaliyah, but the skits suggest a degree of cohesion.

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missy elliott is missy elliot

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This was okay

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A few stand out songs, was pretty good. Don't have much more to say

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Enjoyable. Work It is a banger OBVS. Missy Elliot, more like Missy Good Album.

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This album cam out when I was four. So obviously I didn't get to listening to it then. It's good hip hop love the beats.

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god. a fucking boss

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Not my jam, but I respect it.

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This is solid. Made me like Missy Elliott more than before i listened. Interesting extra messages from her, though why is everything an "EXCLUSIVE"? Good energy.

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Not bad, but not my thing.

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Bangers

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some bangers!

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3 - Heftiges Brett im Genre

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It's not my favorite style, but she has some great songs on here!

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Not really my thing but I enjoyed it. Great, creative writing and decent beats.

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Bumping female hip-hop vocals

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Casi tiene 20 años ahora que lo escucho en 2021 y suena como si estuviera grabado hace meses. No soy super amante del rap, pero lo puedo disfrutar en casos concretos y dosis adecuadas. Aquí hay bastantes cosas interesantes: Gossip Folks, Work it o Slide. También es un repaso a las figuras de los 2000 muchas de las cuales siguen ahí: Jay-Z, Beyoncé, 50cent o Ludacris. Bastante mejor de lo que esperaba.

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Missy does have a way with the presentation!

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Hip-hop popero.

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liked it more than i thought and knew more of the songs then i thought i did

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“Under Construction” by Missy Elliott (2002) With lyrics full of self-contradictory complaints, braggadocio, and slutological/pharmacological initiative, Elliott is the señorita of sass. One wonders what’s going on inside. On the outside, she’s putting on bling and excess pounds. The poetry of her rap, while prodigious, is of low quality, with overly opportunistic rhymes, limited thematic scope, tedious repetition, eighth-grade vocabulary, and stunted vision. One great lyrical disappointment is that she opens the album (“Intro/Go to the Floor”) with a hopeful anticipation of approaching the land of seriousness and then proceeds to wander away into the wilderness of self absorbed carnality and tasteless superfluity. One suspects she’s spent a lot of time there. She does provide a helpful (if unconvincing) apologia (at the end of the slutfest “Pussycat”) explaining her predominant lyrical themes, but what they actually boil down to is: “I’m so stoned, so satisfied, so victorious, so satiated, and so oppressed”. And how many times does she have to introduce herself? BUT her sound is well crafted, with vocal skills that are considerable, if under-utilized. She shows an excellent sense of dynamic range and variety. Backing/accompanying vocals and instrumentals are excellent. Very creative grooves. As pornosonic ear candy goes, this stuff is pretty good. 3/5

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Good beats and production and she's entertaining to listen to. Clever lyrics throughout. Bringing in other rappers and Beyonce was a good idea. I can always listen to "Work It" one more time.

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3.7 - Another hip hop album I wish I'd listened to earlier - Missy's a godmother to so many current rappers. Her monologues interspersed give us a chance to better know her POV and to empathize. Some real bangers on here. Also a couple of duds. Above all, Missy comes off as honest, sometimes brutally so.

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Missy has never been my favourite tbh but this album was fine.

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It was ok, not a huge fan of missy elliott

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Jepa meininki, mutta sitten käy puuduttamaaan.

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Super solid rap album. Rap is not my thing in many cases but there are a handful of songs on Under Construction that I enjoy for their groovyness and lyrical flow.

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Work It is 10/10 I feel like during this era of hip hop albums were inconsistent af but this still has some certified bangers.

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Hyvin vähän kuunnellut, mutta tykkäsin kyllä. Kovia nimiä ollut feattaamassa.

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Ahhh world famous slickly produced rap. Rap has come a long way from the pre Rick James days. 

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Kovaa kamaa 3-4 biisiä, muuten aika tuubaa. Kuitenkin noi timantit painaa kolmoseksi!

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*This is a Missy Elliott original*

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Cool 2000's vibe hip-hop

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Vielleicht werd ich ja doch noch zum Hip-Hop Hörer!?

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I was grooving all the way to work with Under Construction playing in my car. It has retro-elements, not just in terms of musical production, but also in terms of it's lyrics. Miss Elliot is very nostalgic here, and the lyrics are fun, poppy, but also light and a little underwhelming. Fav tracks: Bring the Pain, Work It and Back in the Day

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I really enjoyed this, I didn't think I would but I thought it was great. There is a part of me that absolutely loves listening to women singing about enjoying sex, dunno why really, it gets me off or it's empowering or something

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I've heard her name many times but don't recall having listened to her music, so I had no idea what to expect. I like a lot of the tracks. Really infectious rhythms and love her use of voice. It was only my first listen so I didn't get to into the lyrics, so I'll need to come back for that. Totally enjoyable.

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Decent. Love the sequence.

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I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. Not sure I'm a fan of her type of beat, but her energy was good and she seemed passionate.

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Work it

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2000 hiphop let's go I am ready Niet iets wat ik dagelijks zou luisteren maar zeker een toffe listening session. De sterke features maken er een vlot album van.

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Jay z thooooo. Leuk album. De knip knoppers hier zullen blij zijn. Ik ga het zeker nog eens beluisteren want I miss elliott

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The elephant on trumpet on “Work It” get me every time — though Method Man on “Bring the Pain” is my favorite bit here.

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Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gnaht ym tup i

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New to me. Not in n but wheelhouse but that doesn't mean it's not great. My favorite song is the one with Jay-Z. Loses a rating for having to introduce each track with "This is a Missy Elliott exclusive". That might come across as charming if the track appears on some upcoming random playlists, so we'll call it a push. Missy knows her hooks. Actual rating is 3.5.

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Standard early 2000 rap

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Missy Elliott's fourth album & the second one I've listened to - thanks to this site. This hip hop album is a classic from 2002 and it has some memorable beats like the hit song 'Work It'. I enjoyed this blast from the past and many other people must have, because this album is certified double platinum.

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Fun and interesting album even though not my normal jam. Nice vocals, good beats. 3.4/5.0

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3.5

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Meh, it's not bad. Sounds like pretty generic early 2000's hip hop though, and it is a little boring.

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Missy has never been my thing… stray’s a little close to pop stuff for me. This is alright though!

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Delicious classics

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I don't like late 90s to mid 2000s Hip Hop, she goes hard tho

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Old school hiphop album, goede flow en wel wat lekkere nummertjes. Maar niet helemaal mijn smaak.

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aight

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TIL https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Shit%20in%20your%20cornflakes

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Rap.

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It was pretty average tbh so I give it 3/5 stars. Not a big fan of Missy's voice.

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Pretty good hip hop album. Benefits from Timbaland producing everything so it sounds consistent. Quite a few bangers

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This was released at the peak of Missy Elliott's popularity. Half the tracks feature big-name collaborators (Jay-Z, Beyonce, Method Man, TLC) and it's produced by Timberland. It's commercial, accessible and an easy listen for the genre. I'm not sure Pussycat has the feminist credentials that Missy thinks, and I could have done without being reminded that "this is another Missy Elliott exclusive" at the start of EVERY track. Missy sounds good though and neither her voice nor the instrumentation grate on me like many other hip hop albums have. I therefore do not feel the need to "kill it with a skillet". 3/5.

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Definitely not my kind of thing - but I can understand why people like it.

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Fun album to listen to. Some hits and nice features I liked. Probably won't listen again.

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IThere are some pretty good songs (Work It, Can You Hear Me?) the rest was mostly just okay with the exception of Pussycat which was just kind of embarrassing, especially the explanation at the end of the track. I know Missy is a hip hop icon but this album is just not something that I'd choose to put on in my free time. I respect her as an artist, but its just not for me. 5/10 for me. I'll give it a 3 star here just because I don't want to round down.

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Missy's great, especially in a garbage bag costume

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This album started out hot, I was dreading listening to this, but the first songs grabbed me, good word play, good flow, catchy beats, first 3 songs were 5-4-5. I was like holy shit, this is Timbaland’s magnum opus, this set the stage for Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake. I was excited that I realized, “let me work it” is based off of a Blondie sample. Then it started to slide and got worse, the quality dropped, the sentimental songs sapped the life out of it, the beats lost their luster and eventually it faded into the background. By the tone she wax eulogizing her friends I just didn’t care. 3 for starting out strong. The line, “you don’t see bill gates and Donald trump arguing” because they’re rich, didn’t she well, or did it?

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Не люблю мисси элиот

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An interesting listen, great lyrics and delivery but not hugely interesting musically. Top tracks: Work it

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Misdemeanor doesn't mince words, and isn't afraid to share what's on her mind. In her effort to save hip-hop she mostly succeeds. Highlight Tracks: 3, 4, 6, 8

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Awesome beats for Missy to rap underneath. When she is going with her low vice, I felt she was really in command of the song. "Gossip Folks" was a bit annoying, though. The frantic-ness of her voice did not mesh well (I am a big fan of Ludacris, so that was kind of disappointing.) I liked the guest vocalist, they really added something to it. I am never a fan of interstitial stuff, so the outro / intro stuff in songs I could do without. It's hard to believe that she has been recording for so long, and Aaliyah has been gone for so long as well. After this I listened to her big hit, and it still really grooves (although the baby sample does get annoying after a while). So I enjoyed the Missy Elliot album, as long as she was using her speaking voice. But I do not think I will be coming back to it.

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Like Missy, but this seemed average, and no standout tunes for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hmmm. I wanted to like this more than I did. Bold on the surface but aged kinda badly 'pussy don't fail me now' ??????

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Another great album that I never got to listen to at the time. Felt almost conversational at times but the raps were great and I'm glad we got this one on the list.

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5/10. Does she have to tell us at the start of every song that this is a Missy Elliott exclusive? I liked the song with Beyonce, and the one with TLC because they are interesting takes on these other artists' music. I also liked that the album had some heartfelt themes and meaning, but at the end of the day, I am not a big fan of the bulk of Missy Elliott's music.

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This review is being brought to you by crsb. This is a CRSB 1 time exclussive review. Enjoy this Reviya, read this reviewya blah tah tah. 2.5

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Some of her songs are along the same line as WAP and taking back sex for women, which is cool to hear. That said, this isn't really my jam. I am between 2 and 3 stars, but 2 is more indicative of this not being the type of hip-hop I like rather than the album itself. Some cool collabs on it, a bit too many mentions of songs being exclusive Missy Elliot, however.

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Bastante bien.

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Hip-hop popero.

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The slow jams fail this album. Classic beats, great rhymes and flow. It just can't be kept up through the whole album. Best Tracks: Work It; Back In The Day (feat. Jay-Z); Funky Fresh Dressed (feat. Ms. Jade)

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3. pretty good! I did skip through the skits and speeches though.

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Fwod pilf ti dan esrever ti/ I tup ym gnith

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Definitely under construction. The finished Missy articles are great, the rest needs work.

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It is different from her first couple records and I'd not heard this all the way through. A bit of old school feel mixed in for sure. By the end though, a bit boring.

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One of the better female rappers. This album has some solid beats and one of her best songs. The features are solid. This album is decent and some of it has replay value. 6.2/10

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Some pretty good stuff. Not my bag though. I enjoyed quite a bit but wouldn't go out of my way to rehear most of it.

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Vraiment beilleur que je pensais. J’avais pas le gout de l’ecouter mais j’ai ete suprit par un album super bien produit. 3.75

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Fantastic

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This takes me back 20 years! My brother was really into his early 00's RnB/Hip Hop. Nice listening, for nostalgia's sake, but wouldn't revisit.

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I am familiar with Missy Elliott and I was familiar with some of the songs. I don't think I had ever heard this entire album previously. The beats were good. The lyrics were alright. I probably would not choose to listen to this entire album again, maybe just a couple of songs.

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Missy elliot is cool, but not my thing.

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Not bad. Some decent tracks, but a fair bit of filler, and generally not my cup of tea.

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Great singles, just generally not my thing though. Sorry Missy!

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Avant Cardi B, il y a eu Missy Elliott pour jouer la game explicite du côté féminin. J'adore son flow et ses beats. Oui il y a Timbaland, mais c'est une collaboration. Cet album dans la veine plus Old School du genre rend bien hommage à la période tout en sonnant actuel. Ce n'est pas égal comme album, mais les succès sont des mégas hits. Missy est une artiste accomplie qui ne se prend pas au sérieux et qui s'attarde aussi visuellement à tout ce qui accompagne sa musique. Ses vidéoclips sont fantastiques. Définitivement la plus grande du Hip Hop et elle a influencé combien d'autres filles qui ont suivi dans tout plein de styles. Je l'adore. Pièces préférées: Work it, Gossip Folks

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Lotsa flow and a few standout songs (“Back in the Day,” “Can You Hear Me”) – notably the more R&B-oriented ones – beyond “Work It.” One likes the empowered-woman vibe, but the boasting, self-referencing and name-dropping bore after a bit. The spoken-word stuff is tedious, too, even if it’s hard to disagree with the messaging. 3.4 > 3

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enjoyed that - bit all over the shop and a couple too long but good

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Certainly didn't hate it. Although the monologues at the beginning and end felt completely unnecessary to me.

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Started strong but ultimately a three star record

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I haven’t minded either of her albums 👍🏼

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Almost lost a star for everything being an exclusive.

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My first Missy Elliott album. Not bad musically every once in a while it hits a reslly cool groove, most notably on Back in the day...definitely a cool song. Now the lyrical subject matter is generally pretty juvenile...nothing wrong with that, per se, I mean juveniles are people too. The spoken word intros get a little hard to take for sure but all in all a good listen that could work for me as background music that once in a while might push it's way too the foreground. 3.5 🌟

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It took a few listens to get into but eventually I quite liked a few songs on this. "Bring the pain", "Funky Fresh Dressed" and "Slide" were quite good.

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Strong start, Gossip Folks had some absolutely filthy beats, but faded towards the end. Whilst good to hear a woman's voice against the background of pervasive misogyny in hip hop, the album wasn't as strong as I'd hoped.

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not her best

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Listened to on 5/25/22 3.5/5 Favorite song: work it remix, play that beat The theme of this album is so good - the songs were all in all great with lots of amazing features. I enjoyed listening and hated this hip hop less than pretty much every other one

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Every skanky girl in my year at school listened to this stuff back in the late 90s/early 00s. I never liked her singles, just sounded like the real trashy end of rap. The full album isn't AS bad as the singles, and tbh the few actual sung songs are pretty good - she can really sing - but it's still full of annoying shit like "Timabaland" and Jay Z chiming in every now and then to let us know how cool they are, and it's got that "street philosophy" going on about life, death and dead rappers that heaps of derros think is really deep... not for me. 2/5.

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Missy can sing, that's for sure, but hip hop is so positively, definitely, not for me or aimed at me!

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Not a terrible album but all I could think while listening is that most of the talent is with the producer and some of the guest performers.

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1,5/5

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-classic hip hop groove. -could get repetitive.

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It was shit

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rap . okish , not gonna listen again

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Was never super into Missy.

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Not really my favorite type of music, although I can appreciate some of this. 2 stars.

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Not for me.

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Rap

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Aika geneeristä taustamusiikkiräppiä. Välissä satunnaisia tilityspuheenvuoroja.

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Nicht immer überzeugt mich das Genre - das ist aber ganz nett.

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-Nice "-aded" rhyme scheme in "Intro / Go To The Floor" -Method Man's verse on "Bring the Pain" was nice -Good bassline in "Back In The Day" -Overall just didn't really like the album, just fairly bland hip hop

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Pleasant. But if I never heard it again, or never had heard it, I don't think my life would be any the poorer.

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Really not my style of music, but it was clearly a big inspiration for some of the rappers and hip-hop artists of the 10's. Love that Beyoncé is featured on "Nothing out There for Me" as "Beyoncé Knowles", as she hadn't even released an album yet. 2/5

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Pas ma tasse de thé

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I don't like this genre, but it's not THAT bad.

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No

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Started off ok. But then wasn't into it

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Some good musical ideas in here. But, I get bored quickly with bloviated, self- aggrandizing lyrics.

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Not a fan of her music I guess.

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Rapnek jó de most nem élem.

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I think this album came out after she’d annoyed the entire world with Get ur freak on. I quite like the samples being drawn from absolutely everywhere- there’s a sort of mad scientist vibe to that. But the rest of it. No.

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Like licking cum off the back of a tortoise. Like sucking on a corpse's cliterous. Not very nice.

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this was incredibly disappointing. 40% waffling on about some old shit, 40% R'n'B bollocks and 20% work it.

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Fun album to blast in the shower and confuse your partner with your musical choices. The Timberland production has aged well. Never appreciated Missy in her time but can clearly see her legacy in hip hop today with huge artists like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, etc. That's fantastic. Also the Method Man track reminded me how hilarious sex duets are. I don't take 56 minute showers tho. C

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First Listen. Besides the couple of songs that I knew, I didn't enjoy much of the rest of the album. It really isn't my kind of music. I do think that Work It is one of the best of the genre - so props to her for that one! 2/5

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toll, dass eine Frau auf diesem Gebiet erfolgreich und gut ist, aber ist definitiv nicht meins

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Can stay unfinished for me

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Not my thing.

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Full disclaimer: the songs on this album are all "Missy Elliott Exclusive" - I'm glad she let us know this at the beginning of each song. Some decent rhymes, some not so great. Didn't like any of the tracks except for the back in the day one with Jay -Z. Everything else was not for me.

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Ok but gets a bit samey after a while. Nowhere near as good as Ms Dynamite's debut, which came out the same year.

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Not for me. Respect to Missy for being a badass take no shit kind of artist who does things her way. Work It is a hip-hop classic from my high school days and sampling from the Beastie Boys was a cool surprise, but this was never my scene or genre.

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Not really my thing, to be honest. 2/5. The song with Beyonce was probably the one I enjoyed the most, which is pretty telling given it's quite different in style to most of the others. Generally, I tended to enjoy the bits that weren't Missy Elliott rather than the bits that were, which isn't great. I just don't get on with her style of rapping for some reason, Play That Beat (which was much more R&B but still just her) was quite good.

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Work it is nice, sonst meh

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Beter dan verwacht, maar meh

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Слушаю это первый раз. Что-то нравится, но музыка так сказать не моя

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While I am impressed that she fit so many Missy Elliott exclusives on there, I didn't love the album. I did quite enjoy Slide, Funky Fresh Dressed, Back in the Day and Work It, and also the monologues. Bit of a tearjerker when she addressed the haters with 'you may not think I'm a real hip hop artist...' I DO think you're a real hip hop artist, Missy!! But I'm still giving Under Construction 2.5 stars.

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Classic 90's/early 2000's rap. Silly that every song starts with "This is a Missy Elliott exclusive". All of the biggest collab/guest rappers. Songs are meh, ok. Same lyrics/theme for most songs. Overall good initial message in the intro and at the end. Cool tributes to artists that are dead. I enjoyed listening to it but will not give it any more listens.

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Assez old school Le break de scratch on aurait dit rock it de Herbie Hanckock Bien phat le bass drum, les beats sont cools Pas tombé sur le cul plus que ça, drôle d'idée l'intro et la conclusion qui nous jase ça Jamais compris l'idée de se nommer à toute les tounes... Meh...

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Attitude as music!

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Snark

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Really hard to say something about this one. Sounds to me like any other R&B and or hip hop album. The beats don't really stand out too much, the lyrics (didn't listen that carefully 100% of the time) are also quite generic rap stuff. Her flow is cool I guess (sometimes). It's also 56 minutes long so it's a real chore to make it to the end. In terms of the songs themselves I guess it's OK, but in terms of what it's doing to me, unfortunately it's a 2/5

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2/5

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Considering this album dropped 18 years ago, the beats still sound archaic, even for 2002. The majority of the songs are nothing more than hype tracks, and the "Missy Elliott exclusive" announcement on every single track is a bit excessive. Also annoyed at the "explanation" spoken at the end of Pussycat. Who the fuck does that? It speaks to her own insecurities about releasing the song in the first place. Standout tracks are Funky Fresh Dressed, Aint It Funny, and Hot. The rest is forgettable. 1/5, bleh.

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this ain't for me

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Terrible. I can’t handle it

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Not a fan at all

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Cringe

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Yeah. This isn't for me.

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Meh

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Not for me

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I never mind that hip hip albums are more autobiographical than some music, but one thing I distinctly dislike is when an artists has to drop their own name every song. Maybe I'm selfish for wanting music to be more malleable and relatable to myself... I mean, who am I to discourage art as a form of raw self expression? It's just not within my taste.

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I like this better than the first Missy album, but that's not saying a lot. At least she didn't rhyme "Missy" with "get pissy" this time.

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Love The Kinks!

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Just not good.

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shite!

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Bring the Pain has a nice musical hook to it: musical, no lyrical. That's all I've got...

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Byly dwa i jest i trzeci czarny pick z rzedu i albumy ukladaja sie w sensowna calosc, od plyty z kategorii magnum opus, przez ambitny rap z niecodziennym podejsciem do beatow, do mainstreamowego szlamu wczesnych lat 2k, bo takim szlamem jest under construction, czyli plyta z pogranicza rapu i r&b, ktora jest czwartym studyjnym krazkiem pani Missy Elliott, ktora dorobila sie jakze zaszczytnego przydomka krulowej rapu, nie wiem jak do tego doszlo, kto rozdawal te godnosci i ile musiala za nie zaplacic, bo o ile wczesniej slyszalem ja glownie na jakis featurach, tak po przesluchaniu calego albumu jestem zdziwiony jak ten album znalazl sie na liscie pana wyspiarza, bo o ile gangsta rap moze dobrze sie sluchac, pieniadze, dziwki i koks moga miec swoj hedonistyczny urok, tak taka tematyka u pani Missy brzmi jak zawodzenie menelicy, ktora nie moze sie zdecydowac czy chce rapowac, czy jednak woli spiewac chorki w r&b, sieden z czternastu trakow ma featury glownie rapowe, pewnie w tym mozna sie doszukiwac takiego sukcesu komercyjnego, no ale tez musiala zapewnic jakas luke na rynku i dac mlodym szlaufom gettciarskim jakis wzor do nasladowania, wiec stworzona persona thugowej gettciary mogla sie sprzedac, co do nazwisk pojawia sie tu chocby method man, ludacris, czy jay z z beyonce, nie mozna takze zapominac o kolaborantach na prodcuerce, bo tak generyczne 2k beaty mogla stworzyc tylko wyjatkowo mainstreamowa persona, a takom wlasnie jest Timberland, ktory jest odpowiedzialny za wiekszosc beatow Missy, wydaje mi sie, ze zle ocenilem wczorajszy albumik, teraz z czystym sumieniem dalbym mu trzy gwiazdki po odsluchaniu tej konstrukcji, jako jednej z najbardziej meczacych plyt ostatnio na liscie

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Didn’t like

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utter shite

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I don't need to like Missy, she likes herself enough for both of us.

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Y’a quelques bons beats. J’aimerais mieux que mes enfants écoute ça que du Cardi-B. Par contre, le propos est franchement stupide. Elles fait de long speech sur le féminisme et la paix dans le Hip-hop et ensuite elle rap que pour cruiser le gars, elle va faire son lavage, ou qu’elle va lui faire des affaires que les autres ne font pas... Bref, ce n’est pas tellement mon genre et je ne vois pas ce que ça peut apporter de neuf.

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I really don't like hiphop. I can't really comment on the musical quality of this album within its genre, but to me it's unlistenable.

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Oh my gosh I did not like this one bit.

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I didn't last long before I had to skip this album.

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Not for me!

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Meh... Liked this album a lot better when I was a kid

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