Missy Elliott
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Supa Dupa Fly (1997), 7/10
Da Real World (1999), 5.5/10
So Addictive (2001), 6.5/10
Under Construction (2002), 6/10
This Is Not A Test (2003), 5/10
The Cookbook (2005), 5/10
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Virginia's singer-rapper-songwriter Melissa "Missy" Elliott and Virginia's producer Tim "Timbaland" Mosley proved to be a lethal combination. Elliott's sultry vocals, gymnastic raps and female-centric lyrics coupled with Timbaland's stuttering, digital grooves created a mood that was simultaneously sensitive, confrontational, hedonistic, stark and futuristic on Supa Dupa Fly (1997), containing The Rain. Da Real World (1999) was artistically inferior, but spawned two massive hits: She's a Bitch and Hot Boyz.

The duo veered towards a format that mixed freely intimate ballads, dancefloor tracks and angry raps. So Addictive (2001) created an influential archetype, while continuing the string of hits with Get Ur Freak On and One Minute Man, Under Construction (2002), which is basically a concept on the relationship between the sexes, spawned two more hits, Work It and Gossip Folks.

This Is Not A Test (2003) was the first major disappointment of her career.

The Cookbook (Atlantic, 2005) featured guests Slick Rick (Irresistible Delicious), M.I.A., Neptunes, Mary J. Blige and many others, but Timbaland produced only two songs. Lose Control, Meltdown, Rich Harrison's Can't Stop, the Neptunes' On & On, Timbaland's Joy are background party tunes that recycle cliches of contemporary productions.

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