Missy Elliott is one of the top female hip-hop artists of all time, beloved to this day though she hasn’t released an album in 13 years. In just the past few years, she won raves for popping up in both Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show and Michelle Obama’s episode of ‘Carpool Karaoke.’
Back in 2001, she released her third album, the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Miss E… So Addictive. With Timbaland producing, Missy assembled a collection of sexy, club-friendly raps and sultry R&B ballads.
Though Kendrick Lamar dominated this year’s Pazz & Jop poll, the runner-up didn’t fare too badly. Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit came in second on the list of top albums and garnered enough votes to take first place in most non-Kendrick Lamar years.
The Aussie’s first single, ‘Pedestrian at Best,’ takes the fifth spot in the singles poll. I featured it last April as part of my track-by-track review of the album.
The rap album with the best showing on critics’ 2002 lists was Missy Elliott’s Under Construction, her fourth and most successful record.
I have no real association with Elliott’s music. I’m familiar with her as a pop culture fixture, through commercials and television appearances, but I can’t say I’ve listened to any of her songs in full.