Author:Linden, Amy

Missy Elliott takes an addictive trip to hip-hop's edge

Fans of genre-pushing, forward-thinking R&B and hip-hop have cause for celebration. So do fans of edgy, energetic, playful music, perfect for parties and backyard summer barbecues. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's third album, Miss E ... So Addictive, hits stores May 15, promoted as one of the hottest CDs of the season.

"This album is like 2003," says the rapper-songwriter-producer, who is always a step ahead, always pushing the product. "I think the tracks are just so fun and danceable. The last one [1999's Da Real World] was darker. This album is brighter. It's a Jeep- and club-banger."

Adding to the fun and decidedly sexy vibe are big-name featured artists: Jay-Z, Ginuwine, Nelly Furtado, Method Man, Redman, Eve, Busta Rhymes, Da Brat, and Ludacris. Back as producer is Timbaland, aka Tim Mosley, who has been making music with Elliott since they were in high school in Virginia, where...

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