Missy Elliott
Supa Dupa Fly


4.5
superb

Review

by Ben Thornburgh CONTRIBUTOR (112 Reviews)
December 20th, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,928 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The house party of your dreams.

There is no way Missy didn’t know that she was stacking the front of this album. From the slinky bounce of Hit ‘Em Wit Da Hee to Beep Me 911’s popping bass line the first four cuts of this album seem guaranteed to cripple the rest of this album and stick it with the dreaded “front loaded” tag. And on first glance, it seems to do that. Everything after Beep Me 911 seems lazy, listless, and slight in comparison to the mighty opening salvo, but one of the great joys contained in Supa Dupa Fly is discovering the amazing back side of the album.

But goddamn, that first half is something else. Timbaland is on some unholy next level s*** here, dig Hit Em Wit Da Hee’s dusty guitar riff, the impossibly hard drums of Sock it 2 Me, or The Rain’s seemingly infinite amount of stoned atmosphere. Missy matches him beat for beat, single handedly creating new styles on The Rain, heartbroken and frustrated on Beep Me 911. It’s a blueprint on how to open a debut album, those four cuts alone secure Missy’s place in rap Valhalla, but while Da Brat turns in the verse of her life on Sock it 2 Me long forgotten lunkhead Magoo seems to have wrote his in the bathroom at the studio and shows up at the end of Beep Me 911 to say “Things are going to get worse from here.”

They do, but its not because what follows is bad, it just seems bad in the towering shadow of what precedes it. Think of it as an awesome after party, everyone is happy, relaxed, and more than a little bit stoned. Missy is so thoroughly chilled here she makes Snoop Dogg look like Henry Rollins. Over a goofily addictive bass line, Missy barely pays any mind to song structure on the superb Izzy Izzy Ahh dropping choruses wherever she damn well pleases. Timbaland stays on his A game as well, laying weird vocal hooks like the skittering pixie on They Don’t Wanna F*** With Me and hiccupping all over Don’t Be Comin’ (In My Face).

Making an album is hard work, you have to book studio time, session musicians, mix and mix and mix, scrap some songs, sequence and even after the album is done the label still might reject it. Supa Dupa Fly was probably as hard to make as any album if not harder but you wouldn’t know it by listening to it. It feels like it was banged out in an afternoon over a few blunts. It ends with two outros but it doesn’t feel gratuitous. Missy’s just having so much fun she doesn’t want the album to end.



Recent reviews by this author
Four Tet RoundsBlur Think Tank
The Libertines Up The BracketSugababes Angels with Dirty Faces
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadThe Streets Original Pirate Material
user ratings (34)
Chart.
3.9
excellent
related reviews

Da Real World

Comments:Add a Comment 
HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I always edit my reviews so keep the suggestions coming.

Vrid
December 19th 2012



116 Comments


Haha, supa.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

So, can I upload an album cover for this?

KINGSTATICTHETHIRD
December 19th 2012



613 Comments


album slays

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Indeed

Calc
December 19th 2012



12114 Comments


they dont make 'em like this anymore.

Digging: He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yes they do.

breakingthefragile
December 19th 2012



2954 Comments


Finally! Was hoping someone would give this a review some day. This is a pretty good review, I noticed it's a bit more concise then some of the other one's I've seen from you, and I think that's a good thing. Straight to the point. Have a pos.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks! I'm trying to condense my style.

Calc
December 19th 2012



12114 Comments


like who?

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

No she actually released 2 new singles this year but you don't know that because they were nothing special.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Azealia Banks released a near flawless EP this year.

AtomicShane
December 20th 2012



1764 Comments


shit slaps

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It might of helped if she had distributed the singles a little evenly, but this is excellent front to back.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012



9033 Comments


Can somebody please explain to me when "have" and "of" became interchangeable? They mean very different things.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Where did I mess it up?

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012



9033 Comments


Your comment above mine. You also put commas where periods should be sometimes, such as the first sentence of the conclusion.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2012



1601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Got it.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy