This Is Not a Test!

Well on her way to becoming one of hip-hop's grand dames, Missy Elliott packs plenty of rhythmic jams, sexual tension and lyrical introspection onto her latest CD.

Well on her way to becoming one of hip-hop's grand dames, Missy Elliott packs plenty of rhythmic jams, sexual tension and lyrical introspection onto her latest CD. Whether jiggling the needle on the party meter ("Pass That Dutch," "Pump It Up" featuring Nelly) or steaming up the proceedings ("Dats What I'm Talking About" with R. Kelly), Elliott continues to think outside the box. Leave it to her to pen an ode to female sexual liberation on the witty, tongue-in-cheek "Toyz" ("I don't need no help in pleasing me"). Also joining Elliott are Mary J. Blige, Elephant Man, Monica and Beenie Man. Elliott's thought-provoking lyricism and distinctive rap/singing style shine brightest on the bling-bling-dissing "Wake Up" (with Jay-Z), the inspirational "I'm Not Perfect" (with the Clark Sisters) and the old-school-flavored love ballad "It's Real."