Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot (Elektra)
Elliot’s 1997 debut Supa Dupa Fly announced her arrival as a performer. Armed with a giggly drawl and smart, sassy and often X”-rated lyrics, the Virginia native went from recording industry up-and-comer (she has penned songs for a slew of R&B acts) to big-time star. And by poking fun at herself in her eye-popping videos, Missy stood in stark contrast to the harder-than-hard pose of many compatriots. Now Missy is back with a fierce and furious follow-up. Once again teamed up with her longtime producer and musical partner Timba-land, Missy and guests Aaliyah and Li’l Kim testify about shady friends, shifty men and the down-and-dirty ins and outs of relationships.
Bottom Line: Hip-hop soul music that outshines the competition