W. E. Phillips | USA | 11/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is almost flawless and in my eyes, it is a hip hop classic. It is Missy's best album, with Under Construction in a very close second place.
Timbaland's production on here is untouchable, even to this day. Unlike almost every other rap song out there, these songs aren't just the same loop repeated over and over again... they have movements. They unravel as the song moves on. This album, which spans over an hour, does not get boring for even one moment. Since Missy hadn't fully developed her flow at this point, she smartly made the album half singing, half rapping. This also further sets it apart from any other rap release.
This Missy Elliott album, although overlooked, is an essential recording. I would say that it paved the way for other artists... but no one has been able to touch the futuristic genius of Missy and Timbaland on this album. Ha!
Carltouis Stevenson | Angeles Mesa, Los Angeles | 09/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Missy Elliot's sophomore effort, Da Real World, is heavily influenced by the movie Matrix. It's more so the production of Timbaland that gives the feeling and also supports the album as a strong foundation. As the album begins with "Beat Biters", this song sets the tone for the entire LP with dark violin undertones. Missy turns to a more mainstream feel by singing on "All N My Grill" featuring Big Boi and "You Don't Know". Redman take control of the situation on "Dangerous Mouths" as he out shines Missy over a layered off-beat track. To a little rougher feel, "Hot Boyz", Missy actually sings / flow with grace and finesse. After the talking on "Checkin' For You (Interlude)" featuring Lil' Kim should have been an actual song or simply longer with the singing of Misdemeanor and the track. Aaliyah & Da Brat aid Missy on "Stickin' Chickens" for a good lady connection overall with solid performances. "Smooth Chick" and "She's A B****" sounds strikingly similar with only a slight difference, but both are upbeat and both good in their own rights. Another R&B tune, "Crazy Feelings", ends the album as the last song with a slow ride ballad. "U Can't Resist" featuring B.G. & Juvenile is a highlight all rap / hip-hop song on here as Missy takes two verses for herself. Da Real World's production and variety is what makes this a good release for a music lover in general."
Da Real World for Real!
gabsterzz | California | 09/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Timbaland is the man! He got some hot beats for Missy and Missy added some hot lyrics and came out with fire!. In my opinion this is one of Missy's best work. She showed us how creative and talanted she is. Also the guest apearances are very nice. We got Da Brat, Lil Kim, Aaliyah, Eminem, and Juvenille. I still spin this cd and it doesnt get old. "She's a B*tch"! Thank You"