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."
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.
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.
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."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.