Under Construction, Part II

Under Construction, Part II is the third and final studio album released by hip hop duo Timbaland & Magoo. It was released by Blackground and Universal on November 18, 2003, in the United States. The group's third album and Timbaland's fourth overall LP, as he issued Tim's Bio: Life from da Bassment, a solo album, in 1998, Under Construction Part II is nominally a sequel to Missy Elliott's fourth studio album Under Construction, which was also chiefly produced by Timbaland. The album was dedicated to R&B singer and regular Timbaland collaborator Aaliyah, who had died on August 25, 2001.

Under Construction Part II
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 18, 2003
Length62:49
Label
Producer
Timbaland & Magoo chronology
Indecent Proposal
(2001)
Under Construction Part II
(2003)
Timbaland chronology
Indecent Proposal
(2001)
Under Construction Part II
(2003)
Shock Value
(2007)

Elliott appears on the album's lead single, "Cop That Shit. Many other guest stars, from Brandy to Sebastian, Bubba Sparxxx, Wyclef Jean and Beenie Man, also appear on the album. Three singles were released from Under Construction, Part II: "Cop That Shit", "Indian Flute", and the promotional single "Naughty Eye". In August 2021, Blackground rebranded as Blackground 2.0, with Barry Hankerson remaining as founder. Blackground 2.0 signed a distribution deal with Empire Distribution, which will re-release the label's catalogue onto digital download sites and streaming services.[1][2][3][4] Under Construction, Part II was rereleased on August 27, 2021. This was the last album by Magoo before his death in August 2023.

Critical reception

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Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [5]
Blender     [6]
Robert ChristgauA−[7]
Rolling Stone     [8]

AllMusic editor John Bush found that "there aren't quite enough guest features or catchy hooks to make this a must-purchase for most rap fans, but Timbaland always has a few tricks up his sleeve." He remarked that "aside from Missy and Bubba Sparxxx, Timba's actually the best rapper on display, much improved from his previous solo shots or his infrequent rhymes on other artists' records. Magoo is still an unimaginative, pint-sized Snoop Dogg."[5] Ben Sisario from Blender felt that "for the most part, the grooves ride low and easy, like a next-generation G-funk transplanted to the Virginia coastline: Call it V-funk [...] But Timbaland can't rest that easy, and just beneath the languid surface is effortlessly brilliant innovation in every direction."[6]

Robert Christgau wrote: "Good thing the two rappers have less personality combined than any of their 10-cameo-artists-in-16-tracks, because personality would distract from the beats, which with Timbo means what it says – no mainstream DJ relies so heavily on rhythm instruments per se. His sweetener of choice is chants."[7] In a negative review, Rolling Stone's Jon Caramanica called Under Construction, Part II the "duo's third and weakest collaborative album." He remarked that "Tim's normally dazzling beats dodder along harmlessly, proof that he's looking over his shoulder when he should be hunching over his studio equipment."[8]

Track listing

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No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Straight Outta Virginia" (Intro)Timothy MosleyTimbaland2:03
2."Cop That Shit" (featuring Missy Elliott)
  • T. Mosley
  • Melvin Barcliff
  • Elliott
  • Dennis Taylor
  • Edward Archer
  • Eric Barrier
  • Freddie Byrd
  • Howie Thompson
  • Jack Hill
  • Jackey Beavers
  • Lael Williams
  • Lana Moorer
  • Preston Joyner
  • William Griffin
Timbaland3:33
3."Shenanigans" (featuring Bubba Sparxxx)
Timbaland3:46
4."Leavin'" (featuring Attitude)
  • T. Mosley
  • Barcliff
  • Timothy Clayton
Timbaland3:35
5."That Shit Ain't Gonna Work"
  • T. Mosley
  • Barcliff
  • Clayton
Timbaland3:58
6."Don't Make Me Take It There" (featuring Frank Lee White)
  • T. Mosley
  • Williams
  • Jason Nitti
  • Brandon McMichael
J Nitti4:26
7."Indian Flute" (featuring Sebastian & Rajé Shwari)
Timbaland3:21
8."Can We Do It Again"
  • T. Mosley
  • Barcliff
  • Clayton
Timbaland3:52
9."Naughty Eye" (featuring Sebastian & Rajé Shwari)
  • T. Mosley
  • Barcliff
  • G. Mosley
  • Shwari
Timbaland4:55
10."N 2 Da Music" (featuring Brandy)
  • T. Mosley
  • Barcliff
  • Clayton
Timbaland3:57
11."Hold On" (featuring Wyclef Jean)
  • T. Mosley
  • Barcliff
  • Clayton
  • Jean
Timbaland5:04
12."Insane" (featuring Candice "Gg" Nelson)
  • T. Mosley
  • Barcliff
  • G. Mosley
  • Walter Millsap III
Timbaland4:31
13."Throwback"
  • T. Mosley
  • Barcliff
  • G. Mosley
  • Dennis Coffey
  • Dwayne Simon
  • James Smith
  • Williams
Timbaland3:45
14."Kold Kutz"
  • T. Mosley
  • Barcliff
  • G. Mosley
Timbaland4:23
15."I Got Luv 4 Ya"
Heavy D4:07
16."Naughty Eye II (Hips)" (featuring Beenie Man)
Timbaland3:32
Total length:62:49

Sample credits

  • "Cop That Shit" contains re-sung elements from "I Know You Got Soul," written by E. Barrier and W. Griffin, and "Paper Thin," as written by L. Moorer and F. Byrd.
  • "Indian Flute" contains an uncredited sample of "Curura" by Toto la Momposina.
  • "Hold On" contains an uncredited sample of "Breaking Glass" by Geri Halliwell.

Charts

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Chart (2003) Peak
position
Canadian R&B Albums (Nielsen SoundScan)[9] 26
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 108
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 75
US Billboard 200[12] 50

References

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  1. ^ "Aaliyah's Blackground Records Music Heads to Streaming Beginning August 20". 5 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Aaliyah albums streaming: 'Her influence is absolutely everywhere'". BBC. 20 August 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  3. ^ Minsker, Evan (20 August 2021). "Aaliyah's One in a Million Arrives to Streaming Amid Dispute Between Label and Estate". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  4. ^ Legaspi, Althea (20 August 2021). "Stream Aaliyah's 'One in a Million' Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  5. ^ a b https://www.allmusic.com/album/r657983
  6. ^ a b Sisario, Ben. "Review". Blender. Archived from the original on 2004-10-27. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  7. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Timbaland & Magoo". Robert Christgau.
  8. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon. "Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  9. ^ "R&B : Top 50". Jam!. November 30, 2003. Archived from the original on December 9, 2003. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Timbaland & Magoo – Under Construction Part II". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  11. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  12. ^ "Timbaland & Magoo Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2022.