is the fifth This Is Not a Test! studio album by American rapper Missy Elliott, released by The Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records on November 25, 2003 in the United States. It was primarily produced by Timbaland, with additional production from Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart and Elliott herself.
The album received generally favorable reviews from critics and debuted at number thirteen on the
, selling 143,600 copies in the first week of release. It has sold 690,000 copies in the United States and has been certified Billboard 200 Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Reception [ edit ]
Reviews for the album have been generally favorable. Rob Sheffield of
gave the album four out of five stars, saying, "Why anybody would choose to spend their life without a copy of Rolling Stone This Is Not a Test! is a mystery." Dan Martin of [11 ] gave the album eight out of ten stars, saying the album was "all about the beats" and "not a right lot else", adding it was "Missy's most uncompromising work yet". NME Nick Catucci of [12 ] gave the album three out of five stars, saying the album "lacks feeling" and asked, "besides beats, what else does she care about?" Blender John Bush of [13 ] Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars, saying the album "is an effective argument for song-by-song downloads." [14 ] This Is Not a Test! placed on Slant Magazine's list of best albums of the 2000s at number 87. [15 ]
The album debuted at number thirteen on the
, selling 143,600 copies in the first week of release. Billboard 200 It has sold 690,000 copies in the United States and has been certified [16 ] Platinum by the RIAA. [17 ] [18 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
Sample credits [ edit ]
"Pass That Dutch":
'The Rapper' by The Jaggerz (1970)
'Magic Mountain' by Eric Burdon and War (1970)
'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' by Santa Esmeralda (1977)
'Potholes in My Lawn' by De La Soul (1989)
'Scenario' by A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School (1991)
"Keep It Movin":
'I Know I've Been Wrong' by Mashmakhan (1970)
"Is This Our Last Time":
'The Second Time Around' by
"I'm Really Hot":
'Buffalo Gals' by Malcolm McLaren (1982)
'Release Yourself' by Aleem (1984)
'Hot Music (Jazz Mix)' by Soho (1989)
'Doin It' by
LL Cool J (1995)
"Let It Bump":
'I Cram to Understand U' by MC Lyte (1988)
"Pump It Up":
'Please, Please, Please' by James Brown and The Famous Flames (1956)
"Let Me Fix My Weave":
'Please Understand' by
MC Lyte (1989)
Personnel [ edit ]
Missy Elliott – vocals, producer, executive producer Patricia Elliott – A&R
Fabolous – vocals, guest appearance Roberto Fantauzzi – photo production
Linda Fields –
background vocals Andre Johnson – coordination
Claudine Joseph – product manager
R. Kelly – vocals, guest appearance Michael Kennedy – prop design
Scott Kieklak –
mixing Safiya Lewis – coordination
Nelly – vocals, guest appearance Lili Picou – design
Herb Powers –
mastering Chris Puram – engineer
Senator Jimmy D – mixing
Nisan Stewart – producer
Timbaland – producer, executive producer
Charts and certifications [ edit ]
Release history [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Allmusic review
^ Blender review
^ Entertainment Weekly review
^ The Guardian review
^ NME review
^ Pitchfork Media review
^ Rolling Stone review
^ Robert Christgau review
^ Slant Magazine review
^ Stylus Magazine review
^ Sheffield, Rob (2003-12-02). "Missy Elliott: This Is Not A Test!: Music Reviews". . Rolling Stone Jann Wenner . Retrieved 2008-11-25.
^ Martin, Dan (2003-12-03). "Elliott, Missy: This Is Not A Test!". . Robert Tame NME . Retrieved 2008-11-25.
^ Catucci, Nick. "Missy Elliott: This Is Not A Test Review". . Blender Dennis Publishing . Retrieved 2008-11-25.
^ Bush, John. "This Is Not a Test! - Overview". Allmusic . Retrieved 2008-11-25.
^ "Best of the Aughts: Albums". Slant Magazine . Retrieved February 10, 2010.
^ Martens, Todd. "Jay-Z Back Atop The Billboard 200". . Billboard Nielsen Business Media, Inc . Retrieved 2008-11-25.
^ Whitmire, Margo (2005-07-13). "R. Kelly 'Reloads' At No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc . Retrieved 2008-11-25.
^ a b "Gold & Platinum: Elliott, Missy". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved 2012-06-13.
^ a b c d e f g h i "Missy Elliott - This Is Not A Test! - Music Charts". αCharts . Retrieved 2008-11-25.
^ a b "Missy Elliott - This Is Not a Test! (album)". Ultratop . Retrieved 2008-11-25.
^ a b "AMG: . Billboard Albums" Allmusic . Retrieved 2007-06-25.
^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association . Retrieved 2012-06-13.
^ "Searchable Database - Gold & Platinum". Music Canada . Retrieved 2012-06-13.
^ "BPI Certified Awards Search" (insert "Missy Elliott" into the "Search" box, and then select "Go"). British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved 2012-06-13.