Da Real World

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Da Real World
Missy Elliott - Da Real World - Album.jpg
Studio album by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Released June 22, 1999 (1999-06-22)
Recorded 1998—1999
Length 64:09
Producer Timbaland
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott chronology
Supa Dupa Fly
Da Real World
Miss E... So Addictive
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, that was on released June 22, 1999, by EastWest Records America. The album is noted for adding a raunchier and darker style to Missy's music, as well as including the overt political use of the term "bitch". The album also featured a revival by female rapper Lil' Kim, whose career was on a hefty toll from the untimely death of mentor 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 B.G., Juvenile, Lil' Mo, Nicole, Beyoncé of Destiny's Child, Eminem, Lady Saw, Da Brat, Aaliyah, Big Boi of OutKast, Lil' Kim, MC Solaar & Redman; along with background vocal contributions from Lil' Mo and Gina Thompson ("Busa Rhyme").

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 February 2000, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[1] As of November 2015, it has sold 1,068,000 copies domestically.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A-[4]
Muzik 5/5 stars[5]
NME 7/10 stars[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Spin 8/10[9]

Da Real World earned generablly favorable reviews from music critics. Keith Farley from Allmusic, who gave the album four out of five stars, declared it an "excellent follow-up" and added that "it's clearly a Missy Elliott album in most respects, with Timbaland's previously trademarked, futuristic-breakbeat production smarts laced throughout."[3] Entertainment Weekly felt that "Da Real World marks steps in several right directions — both for rap and for understanding the never-ending battle of the sexes." The magazine gave the album an A- rating.[4]

Touré of Rolling Stone compared the album to George Lucas's 1999 epic space opera Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) and wrote: "Da Real World is much-anticipated and futuristic, with a hype that outstrips the reality. The concept is more interesting than the execution." He added that "even if Da Real World isn't a successful one, the album, somewhat, recalls Queen Latifah."[8]

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't Resist" (featuring Juvenile and B.G.) 4:37
16. "Crazy Feelings" (featuring Beyoncé) 4:34
17. "Religious Blessings" (Outro) 0:39
Total length:


Release history[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "American certifications – Missy Elliott – Da Real World". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  2. ^ a b Trust, Gary (November 22, 2015). "Ask Billboard: Missy Elliott's Career Album Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/r421821
  4. ^ a b "Music Review — Da Real World (1999) — Missy Elliott". Entertainment Weekly / CNN. 1999-06-25. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
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  8. ^ a b Berger, Arion (1999-07-08). "Missy Elliott: Da Real World : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
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  10. ^ "Missy Elliott – {{{album}}}". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
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  12. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  13. ^ "Missy Elliott – {{{album}}}". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
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  15. ^ "1999-07-22 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  16. ^ "Missy Elliott – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Missy Elliott. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Missy Elliott – Da Real World". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Da Real World in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  18. ^ "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

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