Under Construction (Missy Elliott album)

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Under Construction
Under Construction Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 2002 (2002-11-12)
RecordedApril - August 2002
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
  3. "Back in the Day"
    Released: February 8, 2003

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.

The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 359,000 copies in its first week.[2] The album was also certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3] The album received Grammy Award nominations for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year. Elliott dedicated the album to Aaliyah (who had died on August 25, 2001) and to victims of the September 11 attacks.

Controversy[edit]

The album's third 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 Elliott's label felt the song was too explicit to release, and plans were withdrawn.[4][5]

Sequel[edit]

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[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
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]

Under Construction received general acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, it earned an average score of 81 out of 100, based on 19 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[6] The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[16]

"It still sounds incredibly fresh, in all meanings of the word," observed Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. Karen (O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer) and I listened to it all the time. We used to play it before we'd go onstage... 'Funky Fresh Dressed' is my favourite track. I don't know what else to say other than it's amazing."[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

Under Construction debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 359,000 copies in its first week.[2] The album stayed on the chart for a total of 36 weeks.[18] On July 14, 2003, the album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over two million copies in the United States.[3] As of November 2015, the album has sold 2,142,000 copies in the US.[19]

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]

Certifications for Under Construction
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[39] Gold 35,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[40] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Nichols, Natalie (November 10, 2002). "Miss E.'s her own work in progress". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
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