If there are two things I absolutely believe are not bound by time, they are eating mango sorbet and blasting old school jams. While I sadly won’t be having my beloved Häagen-Dazs this morning, my love for old-school will be fulfilled.
After sitting courtside at the Heat-Knicks game in Miami, Missy Elliot and Timbaland put out a video announcing the two would be working together again. Unless you slept through the late 90s until around 2005, you remember the producing team was behind many artists including the late Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Miss Jade, Nicole Wray and the often underrated Tweet.
We love that Missy and Timbaland have remained friends and kept a solid working relationship through the years. While they have not had a big hit in quite some time, we don’t underestimate the ability of the duo to do so. Why? Well, let’s take this trip down 90s memory lane.
“If Your Girl Only Knew” I remember singing this song in middle school like I really knew what I was talking about. 1996 marked the release of Aaliyah’s ‘One In A Million’ album and forever solidified the swoop bang in to the black girl’s repertoire. Besides her voice, most noticeable on Aaliyah’s album was the top-notch producing that made every track a keeper. Remember “Hot Like Fire” and the classic “4 Page Letter”? Missy and Timbaland are arguably at their best here.
“Beep Me 911” Besides being the song behind a popfab Star Trek themed video, this song was a great example of the innovation both Missy and Timb brought to the game. While singing out “beep me” seems so antiquated now- back then, this was on the edge.
“Can We Get Kinky Tonight” Again, add this to the list of songs who’s inappropriateness only became apparent to me years after the fact. That said, this track is one of the last big hits I can remember from a girl group pre the reckoning that was Destiny’s Child. SWV was one of my favorite artists to watch but undoubtedly, the one I would take a grenade for?
“What About Us?” Timbaland and Missy’s collaboration with Total produced a slew of solid hits but this one still stands out. While there are lines I still know nothing about (I just finished having your bay-bay), there are some that I now know too well (I can’t stand my lovers being shady). As Phaedra and the senior Rev. Parks would say- mmm hmm.
Tell us Clutchettes, what’s your favorite Missy and Timbaland track from back in the day?