David Browne
May 25, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Miss E...So Addictive

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Missy Elliott
Producers
Elektra
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an B+

Seeking to reclaim the rap throne after 1999’s underappreciated Da Real World, Elliott and producer Timbaland throw a fresh coat of paint on themselves: Elliott with sexier, provocative rhymes, Timbaland with mostly robust beats ranging from club jams (”4 My People”) to caffeinated techno (”Scream a.k.a. Itchin”’). Elliott spends too much time dissing detractors, but the hooks come as fast as the reefer references, and for the first time since her debut, she sounds as if she’s having a blast singing, rhyming, growling, hissing, and purring. Don’t count her out yet. B+

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