This Is Not a Test!

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This Is Not a Test!
Missy Elliott - This is not a test - Album.jpg
Studio album by Missy Elliott
Released November 25, 2003 (2003-11-25)
(see release history)
Recorded 2003
Genre Hip hop, dancehall, R&B
Length 56:05
Label Goldmind/Elektra
Producer Missy Elliott (exec.), Timbaland (exec.), Jay Brown (exec.), Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart, Soul Diggaz
Missy Elliott chronology
Under Construction
(2002)
This Is Not a Test!
(2003)
The Cookbook
(2005)
Singles from This Is Not a Test!
  1. "Pass That Dutch"
    Released: October 14, 2003
  2. "I'm Really Hot"
    Released: March 23, 2004

This Is Not a Test! is the fifth 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 Billboard 200, selling 183,600 copies in the first week of release. It has sold 705,000 copies in the United States and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 8.5/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
Spin A−[10]
The Village Voice A[11]

Reviews for the album were generally favorable. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone gave the album four out of five stars, saying, "Why anybody would choose to spend their life without a copy of This Is Not a Test! is a mystery."[9] Dan Martin of NME 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".[6] Nick Catucci of Blender gave the album three out of five stars, saying the album "lacks feeling" and asked, "besides beats, what else does she care about?"[12] John Bush of AllMusic gave the album three out of five stars, saying the album "is an effective argument for song-by-song downloads."[2] This Is Not a Test! placed on Slant Magazine's list of best albums of the 2000s at number 87.[13]

The album debuted at number thirteen on the Billboard 200, selling 183,600 copies in the first week of release.[14] It has sold 705,000 copies in the United States and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.[15][16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Baby Girl Interlude/Intro" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
2:13
2. "Bomb Intro/Pass That Dutch"  
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
3:37
3. "Wake Up" (featuring Jay-Z)
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
4:06
4. "Keep It Movin'" (featuring Elephant Man)
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
3:39
5. "Is This Our Last Time" (featuring Fabolous) 5:26
6. "Ragtime Interlude/I'm Really Hot"  
  • Elliott
  • TImbaland
3:30
7. "Dats What I'm Talkin About" (featuring R. Kelly)
  • Elliott
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • Kelly
4:48
8. "Don't Be Cruel" (featuring Monica & Beenie Man)
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
4:33
9. "Toyz Interlude/Toyz"  
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Brockman
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
  • Brockman
2:52
10. "Let It Bump"  
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
2:50
11. "Pump It Up" (featuring Nelly)
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
3:05
12. "It's Real"  
  • Elliott
  • Brockman
  • Elliott
  • Brockman
2:52
13. "Let Me Fix My Weave"  
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
3:59
14. "Spelling Bee Interlude/Spelling Bee"  
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
3:34
15. "I'm Not Perfect" (featuring The Clark Sisters)
  • Elliott
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
  • Elliott
  • Stewart
  • Brockman
3:49
16. "Outro" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Elliott
  • Timbaland
1:21

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 Shalamar (1979)
  • "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)
  • "Don't Be Cruel":
  • "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]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Germany November 24, 2003
United Kingdom
Canada November 25, 2003
France
Japan
United States

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "This Is Not a Test! – Missy Elliott". AllMusic. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ Sinclair, Tom (November 24, 2003). "This Is Not a Test!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (November 21, 2003). "Missy Elliott: This Is Not A Test". The Guardian. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ Nichols, Natalie (November 23, 2003). "Elliott at the top of her class with 'Test'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Martin, Dan. "Elliott, Missy : This Is Not A Test!". NME. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (December 3, 2003). "Missy Elliott: This Is Not a Test". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Missy Elliott: This Is Not a Test!". Q (211): 100. February 2004. 
  9. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (December 2, 2003). "Missy Elliott: This Is Not A Test!". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ Pappademas, Alex (January 2004). "Booty call—for help?". Spin. 20 (1): 95–96. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 13, 2004). "Consumer Guide: MLK Fever". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ Catucci, Nick. "Missy Elliott: This Is Not A Test Review". Blender. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  13. ^ "Best of the Aughts: Albums". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  14. ^ Martens, Todd. "Jay-Z Back Atop The Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  15. ^ Trust, Gary (November 22, 2015). "Ask Billboard: Missy Elliott's Career Album Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
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