Da Real World
|Da Real World|
|Studio album by Missy Elliott|
|Released||June 22, 1999|
|Genre||Hip hop, conscious hip hop, political hip hop, east coast rap, R&B|
|Label||The Goldmind Inc., EastWest Records America, Elektra|
|Missy Elliott chronology|
|Singles from Da Real World|
Da Real World is the second studio album by American rapper Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott. The album is noted for adding a raunchier and darker style to Missy's music, as well as the repetitive usage of "bitch" in a majority of her songs. The album also featured a comeback by female rapper, Lil' Kim, who was on hiatus for a short period of time due to the death of The Notorious B.I.G. The album also added a bit of controversy when Elliott's former protégé Danja Mowf was omitted from the album and replaced by Redman on the track, "Dangerous Mouths." The album includes the singles: "She's a Bitch," "All N My Grill," and "Hot Boyz [Remix]," alongside guest appearances by Timbaland, B.G., Juvenile, Lil' Mo, Nicole, Beyoncé, Eminem, Lady Saw, Da Brat, Aaliyah, Big Boi of OutKast, Lil' Kim, MC Solaar & Redman.
Background and singles
Originally titled, She's a Bitch, Elliott commented on the choice for the title as a positive way of expressing herself as a "strong woman in power"; she also stated that she felt very pressured while recording this album, and explained that she was afraid of experiencing a sophomore slump. Elliott said that the album was dedicated to the victims of the Columbine High School massacre of April 20, 1999.
Da Real World was released on June 22, 1999. It sold an estimate of 131,000 copies within its first week, and debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200, making it Elliott's second top ten album in a row.
In early 2000, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA with reported U.S. sales of 1.1 million.
|Entertainment Weekly||A- link|
The album met generablly favorable reviews.
AllMusic gave the album 4/5 stars, and quoted, "... it's clearly a Missy Elliott album in most respects, with Timbaland's previously trademarked, futuristic-breakbeat production smarts laced throughout..." and that, "... 'Busa Rhyme' turns out to be the best track off the whole album."
Toure, of Rolling Stone, gave the album 3/5 stars. He stated, "... even if Da Real World isn't a successful one, the album, somewhat, recalls Queen Latifah..." He also stated that Elliott's style was "tantalizing - a daring young woman from the Dirty South".
|U.S. Billboard 200||10|
|Top Canadian Albums||32|
|German Albums Chart||20|
|UK Album Chart||40|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- "Mysterious" [Intro]
- "Beat Biters"
- "Busa Rhyme" (featuring Eminem)
- "All n My Grill" (featuring Big Boi of OutKast and Nicole Wray)
- "Dangerous Mouths" (featuring Redman)
- "Hot Boyz"
- "You Don't Know" (featuring Lil' Mo)
- "Mr. D.J." (featuring Lady Saw)
- "Checkin' For You" (featuring Lil' Kim)
- "Stickin' Chickens" (featuring Aaliyah and Da Brat)
- "Smooth Chick"
- "We Did It"
- "Throw Your Hands Up" [Interlude] (featuring Lil' Kim)
- "She's a Bitch"
- "U Can't Resist" (featuring Juvenile and B.G)
- "Crazy Feelings" (featuring Beyoncé)
- "Religious Blessings" [Outro]
- "All n My Grill" [Remix] (featuring MC Solaar & Nicole)
|United Kingdom||June 24, 1999|
|United States||June 22, 1999|
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- Fan, Beyonce. "Destiny’s Child: New Unreleased Track ‘Crazy Feelings’ [Audio]". BeyonceFan.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06.