Under Construction (Explicit Version) CD (2002)

Artist: Missy Elliott

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Under Construction is Missy Elliott's fourth album and she shows no sign of breaking the habit of making records that challenge us with her ability to make trailblazing music, altering hip hop's landscape with each release. Under Construction sees Missy take Timbaland's forward thinking beats back to the old school, huge chunks of sound laced with old school samples which have shaped hip hop down the years. She goes from crude, to funny to tug at your heartstring mode, but always over a sparse wall of beats. She enlists the help of Method Man on "Bring the Pain," and Jay Z on "Back In The Day" in a plea to take hip hop back to the days when scores were settled on the mic. Ludacris delivers on "Gossip Folks" and Beyonce conversates on "Nothing Out There For Me."

Specifications

Label Elektra/asylum Records
SKU 60579657
UPC 075596281324
UPC 14 00075596281324
Format CD
Release Date 11/12/2002
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Author Missy Elliott
Compilation Appearance Understanding (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Malpractice (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance xXx
Compilation Appearance Street Dreams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Eve-First Lady Of Ruff Ryders (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Totally Hip-Hop
Compilation Appearance Fighting Temptations
Compilation Appearance Tical O: prequel
Compilation Appearance Tical 0: The Prequel (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Levert.Sweat.Gill
Compilation Appearance It's Me Again
Compilation Appearance United State Of Atlanta (Clean)
Compilation Appearance All For You (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Futuresex/lovesounds(w/ Bonus DVD)
Compilation Appearance Still Da Baddest(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Total Club Hits
Compilation Appearance Doll Domination
Compilation Appearance Doll Domination
Compilation Appearance X2 (Survivor/writing's On The Wall)
Compilation Appearance WORTH THA WEIGHT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Ciara
Compilation Appearance Public Warning(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man's Thoughts
Compilation Appearance Side Effects Of You
Compilation Appearance Dna
Compilation Appearance Dna
Compilation Appearance Dangerously In Love
Compilation Appearance Jackie
Compilation Appearance JACKIE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance COLE WORLD:SIDELINE STORY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Side Effects Of You(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Timbaland Presents Shock Value(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sweatsuit
Compilation Appearance Writings On The Wall
Compilation Appearance JACKIE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Jackie
Compilation Appearance Goodies
Compilation Appearance Incomparable
Compilation Appearance Lip Lock(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work Fatman Scoop
Associated Artist/Work Ginuwine
Artist Influence Betty Davis
Artist Influence Chaka Khan
Artist Influence MC Lyte
Artist Influence Millie Jackson
Artist Influence Queen Latifah
Artist Influence Roxanne Shant?
Artist Influence Salt-N-Pepa
Artist Influence Teena Marie
Artist Influence Yo-Yo
Artist Contemporary Beyonc?
Artist Contemporary Brandy
Artist Contemporary Bruno Mars
Artist Contemporary Cee Lo Green
Artist Contemporary Christina Aguilera
Artist Contemporary Da Brat
Artist Contemporary Del the Funky Homosapien
Artist Contemporary Eve
Artist Contemporary Foxy Brown (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Fugees
Artist Contemporary Kanye West
Artist Contemporary Lauryn Hill
Artist Contemporary Lil' Kim
Artist Contemporary Nicki Minaj
Artist Contemporary Nivea
Artist Contemporary OutKast
Artist Contemporary Pharrell Williams
Artist Contemporary R. Kelly
Artist Contemporary Robyn
Artist Contemporary Shakira
Artist Contemporary Timbaland
Artist Contemporary will.i.am
Artist Contemporary Wyclef Jean
Artist Follower Dame Grease
Artist Follower Destiny's Child
Artist Follower Eve
Artist Follower Iggy Azalea
Artist Follower Kanye West
Artist Follower Keri Hilson
Artist Follower Lady Sovereign
Artist Follower Ludacris
Artist Follower M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam)
Artist Follower Mia X
Artist Follower Mya
Artist Follower Mystikal (Rap)
Artist Follower Nelly
Artist Follower Nicki Minaj
Artist Follower Nicole (Nicole McCloud)
Artist Follower Trina (Rap)
Technical Info
Engineer Jeff Allen; Guru; Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya; Josh Butler; Mike Wilson; Senator Jimmy D
Producer Craig Brockman; Errol "Poppi" McCalla; Missy Elliott; Timbaland
CatalogID 7559628132
Lable Name Elektra (Label)
Released 11/11/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 59m : 12s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075596281324
Musical Guests
Jay-Z
TLC
Ludacris
Method Man
Album Notes and Credits
This is a Hyper CD, which contains regular auido tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
Personnel includes: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, Method Man, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Ms. Jade, Beyonce Knowles, TLC.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Awards for Album Of The Year and for Best Rap Album. "Work It" won for Best Female Rap Solo Performance. The song was also nominated for Best Rap Song. "Gossip Folks" was nominated for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
This is a Hyper CD, which contains regular auido tracks and also provides a link to the artist's website with the help of a web browser.
Personnel includes: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, Method Man, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Ms. Jade, Beyonce Knowles, TLC.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Awards for Album Of The Year and for Best Rap Album. "Work It" won for Best Female Rap Solo Performance. The song was also nominated for Best Rap Song. "Gossip Folks" was nominated for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Personnel: Tweet (vocals); Lisa Crawford (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jimmy Douglass; Timbaland.
Recording information: Baseline Recording Studios, New York, NY; Patchwerk Studio, Atlanta, GA; Quad Recording Studios, New York, NY; The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Alex Harris; Jay-Z; Ludacris; Method Man; Ms. Jade; TLC; Beyonc?.
Between the wide ranging effects of the September 11th terrorist attacks and losses of a more personal nature, Missy Elliott turned UNDER CONSTRUCTION into a project that simultaneously found her getting her lyrical freak on as well as trying to take everyone back to hip-hop's earlier, more carefree times. Teaming up yet again with creative soulmate Timbaland, Missy alternates between pumping up breakbeats and multiple sexual entendres on the immensely catchy single "Work It" and parading various hip-hop and R&B partners--all of whom serve as perfect foils to this enormously talented Virginia native.
Jay-Z mixes it up on the nostalgia-laced "Back In The Day", Beyonce Knowles gets scolded for not going out with the gals thanks to a controlling boyfriend on "Nothing Out There For Me" and Method Man weighs in on the insistent "Bring The Pain." Most apparent throughout CONSTRUCTION is how much Missy wears her heart on her sleeve. The best examples include "Go To The Floor," a spoken-word plea for peace, and "Can You Hear Me," a heartfelt duet with TLC dedicated to Aaliyah and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.
Artist Overview
Missy Elliott is a multi-faceted career woman. Not only a ground-breaking producer whose work spans the pop market (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, TLC, Da Brat), Elliott is also a skilled MC. Her 1997 debut trademarked Elliott's cartoon-styled videos and stop-start beats (aided by partner Timbaland). Elliott also runs her own label/production company, the Gold Mind, which nurtured R&B singer Nicole into a gold-selling debut. Through the late '90s into the next millennium, Elliott continued turning out skillfully produced, sexually charged albums, winning Grammys left and right. While she remained in Timbaland's orbit, she expanded to work with other producers as well, continuing to broaden her sound.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.92) - "...It sounds like habanero peppers, cinnamon and sweat."
Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.92) - "...It sounds like habanero peppers, cinnamon and sweat."
Spin (1/03, p.70) - Ranked #7 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...Old-school breakbeats flipped as cartoon sound effects, crazy Eric Cartman rapping, and an R&B jam called 'Pussy Don't Fail Me Now'..."
Spin (01/04, p.96) - "...Ingenious production tempers her nostalgia with a little shock of the new..."
Spin (1/03, p.70) - Ranked #7 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...Old-school breakbeats flipped as cartoon sound effects, crazy Eric Cartman rapping, and an R&B jam called 'Pussy Don't Fail Me Now'..."
Spin (01/04, p.96) - "...Ingenious production tempers her nostalgia with a little shock of the new..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/15/02, pp.129-30) - "...With each album, Elliott has grown more confident and individualistic..." - Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly (11/15/02, pp.129-30) - "...With each album, Elliott has grown more confident and individualistic..." - Rating: B
Q (1/03, p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...UNDER CONSTRUCTION is clearly a record with serious intent....Still, it never loses sight of its party-starting imperative..."
Q (1/03, p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...UNDER CONSTRUCTION is clearly a record with serious intent....Still, it never loses sight of its party-starting imperative..."
Uncut (1/03, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Elliott's fourth album of a miraculously productive career trounces all other hip hop and R&B releases in 2002 with unnerving nonchalance..."
Uncut (1/03, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Elliott's fourth album of a miraculously productive career trounces all other hip hop and R&B releases in 2002 with unnerving nonchalance..."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.90) - "...UNDER CONSTRUCTION is a nostalgia-fuelled work from a persistently forward-pushing artist..."
Disc 1
1 Go to the Floor
2 Bring the Pain
3 Gossip Folks
4 Work It
5 Back in the Day
6 Funky Fresh Dressed
7 P***ycat
8 Nothing Out There for Me
9 Slide
10 Play That Beat
11 Ain't That Funny
12 Hot
13 Can You Hear Me
14 Work It - (Remix)
Quotes
Playlouder ...better than anyone could have expected.
Rolling Stone ...uninhibited and unpredictable... her best yet.
E! Online ...Elliott's sturdiest creation yet.
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