Under Construction (Missy Elliott album)

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Under Construction
Studio album by Missy Elliott
Released November 12, 2002 (2002-11-12) United States
Recorded 2002
Genre
Length 56:41
Label
Producer
Missy Elliott chronology
Miss E... So Addictive
(2001)
Under Construction
(2002)
This Is Not a Test!
(2003)
Singles from Under Construction
  1. "Work It"
    Released: September 9, 2002
  2. "Gossip Folks"
    Released: January 7, 2003
  3. "Back in the Day"
    Released: February 8, 2003
  4. "Pussycat"
    Released: Mid 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10)[5]
PopMatters (favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
Stylus (B)[8]

Under Construction is the fourth studio album by American rapper Missy Elliott, released by The Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records on November 12, 2002 (see 2002 in music) in the United States. The album was primarily produced by Timbaland, with additional production from Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart, Errol "Poppi" McCalla and Elliott herself.

Upon release, Under Construction received universal acclaim from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 81/100 from Metacritic.[9] The album debuted at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart with 259,000 copies sold in the first week released[10] and has sold more than 2,125,000 million copies domestically as of April 2012, eventually becoming Elliott's highest selling album to date.[11] Under Construction received Grammy Award nominations for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year.

The album's fourth single was intended to be a newly recorded remix of "Pussycat" with guest vocals from Janet Jackson and featuring Lil' Kim. Elliott's label felt the song was too explicit to release, and plans were withdrawn.[12][13]

A "sequel" album, Under Construction, Part II, was released the following year by Missy's close affiliates and producers, Timbaland and Magoo.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Intro/Go to the Floor"   5:06
2. "Bring the Pain" (featuring Method Man) 2:59
3. "Gossip Folks" (featuring Ludacris) 3:54
4. "Work It"   4:58
5. "Back in the Day" (featuring Jay-Z) 4:55
6. "Funky Fresh Dressed" (featuring Ms. Jade) 3:56
7. "Pussycat"   4:32
8. "Nothing Out There for Me" (featuring Beyoncé Knowles) 3:05
9. "Slide"   3:43
10. "Play that Beat"   3:02
11. "Ain't that Funny"   2:48
12. "Hot"   4:09
13. "Can You Hear Me" (featuring TLC) 4:29
14. "Work It (Remix)" (featuring 50 Cent) 4:59

Unreleased[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Executive producersMissy Elliott, Timbaland
  • Producers – Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Craig Brockman, Errol "Poppi" McCalla
  • Vocal assistance – Tweet, Lisa Crawford
  • Engineers – Jeff Allen, Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya, Josh Butler, Jimmy Douglass, Guru, Mike "Hitman" Wilson
  • Assistant engineers – Marc Stephen Lee, Steve Penny, David Snyder, Cory Williams
  • Mixing – Jimmy Douglass, Timbaland
  • Mixing assistance – Steamy
  • Mastering – Herb Powers
  • A&R – Yaneley Arty, Merlin Bobb, Jay Brown, Patricia Elliott, Gail Hansen, Andre Johnson, Celeste Moses
  • Design & Art Direction – Anita Marisa Boriboon, Lili Picou
  • Photography – Roberto Fantauzzi

Charts and certifications[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". 
  3. ^ "Entertainment.ie review". 
  4. ^ "Entertainment Weekly review". 2002-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". 
  6. ^ "PopMatters review". 
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone review". 
  8. ^ "Stylus review". 
  9. ^ Columnist. Under Construction at Metacritic. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2010-03-30.
  10. ^ Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Set for Huge Billboard 200 Debuts. Billboard. Retrieved on 2010-11-25.
  11. ^ Paul Grein (2012-04-12). "Week Ending April 8, 2012. Albums: MDNA Takes A TMBL". Yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  12. ^ "Missy Elliott Teases Collaboration with Lil' Kim and Eve". Rap-Up.com. 15-09-12. Retrieved 07-02-14.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ a b "Missy Elliot "Janet Jackson & Lil' Kim Was Supposed To Be On The Record Pussy Cat" - 92 Qc". 18-12-12. Retrieved 07-02-14.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
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  20. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
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  25. ^ "Missy Elliott | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  26. ^ a b "AMG: Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  27. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  28. ^ "BPI Certified Awards Search" (insert "Missy Elliott" into the "Search" box, and then select "Go"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  29. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Elliott, Missy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-06-13.