Picking up on the drug reference in the title of the former Hefty Bag Queen’s third album, we can easily wonder if Missy Misdemeanor Elliott hasn’t lately been feeding her head as much as she’d previously fed every other part of her body. “I looked down at my stomach,” she deadpans in the liner noters, “and said nope, no 6-pack for me.” Then again, such an admission could be interpreted as a commitment to keeping those pounds off.
In any case, the music on “Miss E . . . So Addictive” is leaner than it was on her first two records. It’s also funkier, if that’s possible. Timbaland may be the only stateside hip-hop producer who is actually listening to German minimalism and bhangra and two-step and everything else happening in dance music at the moment and not just talking about it. Where the hell did he get that three-note shamisen thing on what I herein nominate as this summer’s summer single, “Get Ur Freak On?” “I know you dig the way I swi- swi- switch my style,” Missy stammers, in a rare instance of understatement.
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