Picks and Pans Review: Miss E...So Addictive
Missy Elliott (Goldmine Inc./Elektra)
After writing and producing hits for Aaliyah and Busta Rhymes, Elliott broke out from behind the scenes in 1997 with Supa Dupa Fly, ushering in a melodious, rhythmic funk style of hip-hop. On her second platinum album, 1999's Da Real World, Elliott envisioned a grim, futuristic world. This effort doesn't quite reach the bar she set with her earlier efforts, but it does simmer with energy. Backed with cameos by the cream of the hip-hop crop (Jay-Z, Eve and Method Man all take the mike), Miss E proves a witty rhymer and deft singer. She's best on "Get Ur Freak On," with its jagged, funky rhythms. The reggae-tinged "One Minute Man" is fluid, sexy and to the point, while "Lick Shots" pulses with infectious stuttering beats.
Bottom Line: Hit-and-Miss
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