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Da Real World is the second studio album by American rapper Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, released on June 22, 1999 by EastWest Records America. The album is noted for adding a raunchier and darker style to Elliott's music, as well as including the overt political use of the term "bitch". The album features guest appearances from B.G., Juvenile, Lil' Mo, Nicole, Beyoncé, Eve, Eminem, Lady Saw, Da Brat, Aaliyah, Big Boi of OutKast, Lil' Kim, MC Solaar, and Redman.

Da Real World
Missy Elliott - Da Real World - Album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 1999 (1999-06-22)
Recorded1998–1999
StudioMaster Sound Studios
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Genre
Length64:09
LabelEastWest America
ProducerTimbaland
Missy Elliott chronology
Supa Dupa Fly
(1997)
Da Real World
(1999)
Miss E... So Addictive
(2001)
Singles from Da Real World
  1. "She's a Bitch"
    Released: April 20, 1999
  2. "All n My Grill"
    Released: September 13, 1999
  3. "Hot Boyz (Remix)"
    Released: November 9, 1999

The album sold an estimate of 131,000 copies within its first week, and debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard 200, making it Elliott's second top-ten album in a row. It spawned the singles "She's a Bitch", "All N My Grill", and "Hot Boyz (Remix)", and has sold 6 million units worldwide.

Contents

Background and singlesEdit

Originally titled She's a Bitch, Elliott commented on the choice for the title as a positive way of expressing herself as a "strong woman in power"; she also stated that she felt very pressured while recording this album, and explained that she was afraid of experiencing a sophomore slump. Elliott dedicated the album to the victims of the Columbine High School massacre.

On March 4, 1999, "She's a Bitch" was sent to local radio stations in the United States as the lead single for the album. Elliott went on to release two additional singles: "All N My Grill" and "Hot Boyz (Remix)", featuring Eve, Nas, and Lil' Mo.

In February 2000, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[1] As of November 2015, it has sold 1,068,000 copies domestically.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
The Guardian     [5]
Los Angeles Times    [6]
Muzik     [7]
NME7/10[8]
Q     [9]
Rolling Stone     [10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [11]
Spin8/10[12]

Da Real World received acclaim from music critics. Keith Farley of AllMusic declared it an "excellent follow-up" and added that "it's clearly a Missy Elliott album in most respects, with Timbaland's previously trademarked, futuristic-breakbeat production smarts laced throughout."[3] Entertainment Weekly felt that "Da Real World marks steps in several right directions — both for rap and for understanding the never-ending battle of the sexes."[4]

Touré of Rolling Stone compared the album to George Lucas's 1999 epic space opera Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and wrote: "Da Real World is much-anticipated and futuristic, with a hype that outstrips the reality. The concept is more interesting than the execution." He added that "even if Da Real World isn't a successful one, the album, somewhat, recalls Queen Latifah."[10]

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by Timbaland.

No.TitleLength
1."Mysterious" (Intro)1:07
2."Beat Biters"4:24
3."Busa Rhyme" (featuring Eminem)5:01
4."All n My Grill" (featuring Big Boi and Nicole Wray)4:44
5."Dangerous Mouths" (featuring Redman)3:29
6."Hot Boyz" (featuring Lil' Mo)3:36
7."You Don't Know" (featuring Lil' Mo)4:48
8."Mr. D.J." (featuring Lady Saw)4:30
9."Checkin' for You" (featuring Lil' Kim)2:09
10."Stickin' Chickens" (featuring Aaliyah and Da Brat)4:55
11."Smooth Chick"4:18
12."We Did It"3:51
13."Throw Your Hands Up" (Interlude featuring Lil' Kim)1:18
14."She's a Bitch"4:00
15."U Can't Resist" (featuring Juvenile and B.G.)4:37
16."Crazy Feelings" (featuring Beyoncé)4:34
17."Religious Blessings" (Outro)0:39
Total length:1:04:09

ChartsEdit