Meet the Girl Next Door

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Meet the Girl Next Door
Studio album by Lil' Mo
Released April 29, 2003
Recorded 2002–2003
Genre R&B, Hip hop
Label Elektra / Wea
Producer Chucky Thompson, Cynthia "Lil' Mo" Loving, Bastiany, Precision, Missy Elliott, Walter "Lil' Walt" Millsap III, Bryan-Michael Cox, Craig Love, Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, Antwan "Amedeus" Thompson
Lil' Mo chronology
Based on a True Story
(2001)
Meet the Girl Next Door
(2003)
Pain & Paper
(2007)

Meet the Girl Next Door is the second album of American R&B singer Lil' Mo. The album was her last recording under Elektra Records, as well as the last to feature a collaboration with close friend, Missy Elliott. The album is known to have been recorded during Mo's eighth-month preagnancy, as well as featuring guest appearances by Fabolous, Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott, Harold Lily, Chucky Thompson, Bryan-Michael Cox, Warryn Campbell, Precision and Free (who contributed to "21 Answers," but was never included on the original pressings of the album).

Background[edit]

Less than a year after Mo's debut was certified Gold by the RIAA, Mo began recording a follow up to the album. She decided to work with "hot" producers that "didn't get the credit they deserved."[1]

In February 2003, "4Ever", featuring Fabolous, was released as a lead single for the album, and received somewhat lukewarm reviews by most critics. The song peaked at number 37 on Billboard Hot 100 and at number 13 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. "Ten Commandments", featuring Lil' Kim, was slated to follow as the second single; however, due to limited promotion, and failed attempts for a video, the single was never properly released.

"21 Answers" (a known response to 50 Cent's "21 Questions") was sent to radio in May 2003 as a promotional single. Because it did not finalize in time to meet the album's deadline, it never appeared on the original tracklisting.

Release[edit]

Meet the Girl Next Door was released. It debuted on Billboard 200 at number 17 and peaked at number 4 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the highest charting-position by the singer.

The album sold an estimate of 110,000 copies within its first week, and went on to sell 250,000 more towards the end of the year (estimating around 360,000 total).

Because of lack of promotion for the album, as well as new singles to be released, Mo left Elektra Records in 2004.

Reception[edit]

Reviews for the album were mostly positive. Unlike her debut, Meet the Girl Next Door was given 4/5 stars by Andy Kellman of AllMusic, who described Mo's voice more "rangy" and "versatile". He also stated that the album had terrific highlights, as well as more better lyrics than her debut. However, he described the album being, "four songs too long." He also stated that, "... it's apparent that Lil' Mo really ought to devote the bulk of her working time — if not all of it — to making music."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Why Do We Fall In Love"
  3. "Doing Me Wrong"
  4. "4Ever" (featuring Fabolous)
  5. "Ten Commandments" (featuring Lil' Kim)
  6. "Ain't No Reason"
  7. "Heaven (Interlude)"
  8. "Brand Nu"
  9. "1st Time"
  10. "So Lost Without You"
  11. "Shoulda Known"
  12. "Disturbing Phone Call" (Interlude)
  13. "Get Over It"
  14. "It's Your World"
  15. "Letter From My #1 Fan" (Interlude)
  16. "Letter From My #1 Fan"
  17. "21 Answers" (featuring Free)1
  18. "4Ever (Midi Mafia Reggae Remix)" (featuring Baby Cham)1

Notes[edit]

1 Denotes track's appearance on the 2011 re-release of the album.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lorez, Jeff. "From 'Superwoman' to 'Girl Next Door'." Billboard. April 5, 2003: 17. Print.
  2. ^ "Meet The Girl Next Door: Lil' Mo". Amazon. Amazon.com. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 

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