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Format: CD
Sku: 60579657
UPC: 075596281324
UPC 14: 00075596281324
Release Date: 11/12/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Go to the Floor ~ Missy Elliott
2. Bring the Pain ~ Missy Elliott
3. Gossip Folks ~ Missy Elliott
4. Work It ~ Missy Elliott
5. Back in the Day ~ Missy Elliott
6. Funky Fresh Dressed ~ Missy Elliott
7. P***ycat ~ Missy Elliott
8. Nothing Out There for Me ~ Missy Elliott
9. Slide ~ Missy Elliott
10. Play That Beat ~ Missy Elliott
11. Ain't That Funny ~ Missy Elliott
12. Hot ~ Missy Elliott
13. Can You Hear Me ~ Missy Elliott
14. Work It - (Remix) ~ Missy Elliott
 
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."

"...better than anyone could have expected.  Playlouder
"...uninhibited and unpredictable... her best yet.  Rolling Stone
"...Elliott's sturdiest creation yet.  E! Online

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, Method Man, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Ms. Jade, Beyonce Knowles, TLC.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, Method Man, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Ms. Jade, Beyonce Knowles, TLC.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Personnel: Tweet (vocals); Lisa Crawford (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Jimmy Douglass; Timbaland.
Muze PNote Recording information: Baseline Recording Studios, New York, NY; Patchwerk Studio, Atlanta, GA; Quad Recording Studios, New York, NY; The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Alex Harris; Jay-Z; Ludacris; Method Man; Ms. Jade; TLC; Beyonc?.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Craig Brockman; Errol "Poppi" McCalla; Missy Elliott; Timbaland

Engineer: Jeff Allen; Guru; Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya; Josh Butler; Mike Wilson; Senator Jimmy D

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist TLC
Muze Guest Artist Ludacris
Muze Guest Artist Method Man

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Mya
Muze Music Compilations Professional (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Eve-First Lady Of Ruff Ryders (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations All For You (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations xXx
Muze Music Compilations Malpractice (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Street Dreams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Understanding (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Totally Hip-Hop
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents: hip Hop Hits Vol. 7
Muze Music Compilations Tical O: prequel
Muze Music Compilations Tical 0: The Prequel (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sweat (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Levert.Sweat.Gill
Muze Music Compilations Duets:final Chapter
Muze Music Compilations Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Stick It
Muze Music Compilations Big Bang (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Futuresex/lovesounds(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Dangerously In Love (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Still Da Baddest
Muze Music Compilations Still Da Baddest(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fighting Temptations
Muze Music Compilations WORTH THA WEIGHT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We Global
Muze Music Compilations We Global(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations X2 (Survivor/writing's On The Wall)
Muze Music Compilations Man's Thoughts
Muze Music Compilations Free Yourself
Muze Music Compilations Side Effects Of You(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Side Effects Of You
Muze Music Compilations Dna
Muze Music Compilations Dna
Muze Music Compilations Timbaland Presents Shock Value(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Step Up 2: The Streets
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations Doll Domination
Muze Music Compilations Doll Domination
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Ciara
Muze Music Compilations Shark Tale
Muze Music Compilations Sweatsuit
Muze Music Compilations Discipline
Muze Music Compilations Goodies
Muze Music Compilations Writings On The Wall
Muze Music Compilations Lip Lock(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Lip Lock
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story

Associated Artists and Works

Fatman Scoop
Ginuwine

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/11/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7559628132
Music Label Name Label : Elektra (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075596281324

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..."

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