Under Construction (Missy Elliott album)

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Under Construction
Under Construction Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 2002 (2002-11-12)
Recorded2002
Genre
Length56:41
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: November 11, 2002

Under Construction is the fourth studio album by American rapper Missy Elliott, released by The Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records on November 12, 2002 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.[1] The album debuted at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart with 259,000 copies sold in the first week released[2] and has sold 2.2 million copies domestically as of November 2015.[3] 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 Elliott's label felt the song was too explicit to release, and plans were withdrawn.[4][5]

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

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[6]
Blender4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[8]
The Guardian3/5 stars[9]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[10]
NME8/10[11]
Pitchfork7.2/10[12]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[14]
USA Today4/4 stars[15]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"/"Go to the Floor"
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
5:06
2."Bring the Pain" (featuring Method Man)
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
2:59
3."Gossip Folks" (featuring Ludacris)
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
3:54
4."Work It"
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
4:53
5."Back in the Day" (featuring Jay Z)
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
4:55
6."Funky Fresh Dressed" (featuring Ms. Jade)
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
3:56
7."Pussycat"
  • Elliott
  • Erroll "Poppi" McCalla, Jr.
  • Elliott
  • McCalla
4:32
8."Nothing Out There for Me" (featuring Beyoncé Knowles)
  • Elliott
  • Brockman
  • Stewart
3:05
9."Slide"
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
3:43
10."Play that Beat"
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
3:02
11."Ain't that Funny"
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
2:48
12."Hot"
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
4:09
13."Can You Hear Me" (featuring TLC)
  • Elliott
  • Brockman
  • Stewart
  • Elliott
  • Brockman
  • Stewart
4:29
International bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Work It (Remix)" (featuring 50 Cent)
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
4:59
15."Drop the Bomb"
  • Elliott
  • Mosley
  • Timbaland
  • Elliott[A]
3:27
Notes
  • ^[A] denotes co-producer

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[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] Gold 35,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[35] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Set for Huge Billboard 200 Debuts. Billboard. Retrieved on 2010-11-25.
  3. ^ Ringen, Jonathan (2015-11-19). "Billboard Cover: Missy Elliott on Her Comeback -- 'There Is Only One Missy'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
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  7. ^ Weiner, Jonah (December 2002). "Missy Elliott: Under Construction". Blender (12): 142. Archived from the original on October 25, 2004. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Browne, David (November 15, 2002). "Under Construction". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (November 8, 2002). "Missy Elliott: Under Construction". The Guardian. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Nichols, Natalie (November 10, 2002). "Miss E.'s her own work in progress". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  11. ^ Segal, Victoria (November 22, 2002). "Elliott, Missy : Under Construction". NME. Archived from the original on March 23, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  12. ^ Chennault, Sam (November 21, 2002). "Missy Elliott: Under Construction". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Missy Elliott: Under Construction". Q (198): 121. January 2003.
  14. ^ Edwards, Gavin (December 12, 2002). "Missy Elliott: Under Construction". Rolling Stone (911). Archived from the original on February 19, 2003. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  15. ^ Jones, Steve (November 12, 2002). "Missy Elliott has some constructive fun". USA Today. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  16. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
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  31. ^ a b "AMG: Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 2007-06-25.
  32. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums: Year-End Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  33. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Best of 2003". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  34. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
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  36. ^ "British album certifications – Missy Elliott – Under Construction". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2017-04-30. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Under Construction in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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