Da Real World

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Da Real World
Studio album by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Released June 22, 1999 (1999-06-22)
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Hip hop, conscious hip hop, political hip hop, east coast rap, R&B
Length 64:09
Label The Goldmind Inc., EastWest Records America, Elektra
Producer Timbaland [1]
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott chronology
Supa Dupa Fly
(1997)
Da Real World
(1999)
Miss E... So Addictive
(2001)
Singles from Da Real World
  1. "She's a Bitch"
    Released: April 20, 1999
  2. "All n My Grill"
    Released: September 13, 1999
  3. "Hot Boyz (Remix)"
    Released: November 9, 1999

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[edit]

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.

On March 4, 1999, "She's a Bitch" was sent to local radio stations all over the United States as the lead single for the album.

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.

Elliott went on to release two additional singles: "All N My Grill" and "Hot Boyz (Remix)", featuring Eve, Nas, & Lil Mo.

In early 2000, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA with reported U.S. sales of 1.1 million.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly A- link
Muzik 5/5 stars link
NME 7/10 stars link
Q 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
Spin 8/10 stars 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".

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 10
Top Canadian Albums 32
German Albums Chart 20
UK Album Chart 40

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[3] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Mysterious" (Intro) 1:07
2. "Beat Biters"   4:24
3. "Busa Rhyme" (featuring Eminem) 5:01
4. "All n My Grill" (featuring Big Boi and Nicole Wray) 4:44
5. "Dangerous Mouths" (featuring Redman) 3:29
6. "Hot Boyz"   3:36
7. "You Don't Know" (featuring Lil' Mo) 4:48
8. "Mr. D.J." (featuring Lady Saw) 4:30
9. "Checkin' for You" (featuring Lil' Kim) 2:09
10. "Stickin' Chickens" (featuring Aaliyah and da Brat) 4:55
11. "Smooth Chick"   4:18
12. "We Did It"   3:51
13. "Throw Your Hands Up" (Interlude featuring Lil Kim) 1:18
14. "She's a Bitch"   4:00
15. "U Can Resist" (featuring Juvenile and B.G.) 4:37
16. "Crazy Feelings" (featuring Beyoncé) 4:34
17. "Religious Blessings" (Outro) 0:39
Total length:
1:04:09

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom June 24, 1999
United States June 22, 1999

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Missy-Misdemeanor-Elliott-Da-Real-World/release/649559
  2. ^ "British album certifications – Missy Elliott – Da Real World". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Da Real World in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Missy Elliott – Da Real World". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH