On Monday we posted the news that production legend Missy Elliott is to release new solo material in a weeks time, so I’m going to cut right to it and say that I am really, really excited about this. I’m the fat pre-teen who just clocked the buffet table at the school dance, I’m the crate digger who just found that sought-after original pressing amongst a stack, I’m – what the hell, I’m a rap fan who isn’t groaning about the news of a comeback.
Over a decade after her death Aaliyah and her music still command near-mythical status for R&B fans. She was sultry, cool and collected, and portrayed a side of female sexuality that said “You can rock a pair of Timb’s and a beanie and be the hottest woman in the room.” Her death and musical legacy are so bound together that some argue her lasting influence rests largely on her sudden death at such a young age, but I feel that there’s little denying the impact of her style – which is forever indebted to Missy and Timbaland. Of the eighteen tracks on her album ‘One In A Million’ Missy Elliott co-wrote, co-produced or contributed vocals to half of them, including this one. Groundbreaking stuff, and for one of her first major label projects no less.
This is female vocal R&B group at its most quintessential; that LaFace Records era where the stylist apparently didn’t know about that ‘dark eyeshadow or dark lipstick’ rule and figured the more leather, washboard abs and fish eye camera lens you could fit in the better. This was one of Missy’s first solo productions and looking through her back catalogue it was a relatively tame offering, but nevertheless a solid contribution to a now classic sound.