The Cookbook - Missy Elliott
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  • Summary: Slick Rick, The Neptunes, M.I.A., Tweet and Mary J. Blige are among the guests on Elliott's first new disc in two years. Longtime collaborator Timbaland produces just two tracks here.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Her adventurous and, yes, massive, persona is allowed to wander wherever it wants on The Cookbook, be it avant or common.
  2. The Cookbook is a convincing return to form.
  3. Though it could use some portion control, "The Cookbook" still whips up a tasty meal.
  4. 67
    Behind all the ridonkulous disses and boasts, Missy sounds a bit unsure of herself. [Jul 2005, p.97]
  5. You'd probably want Missy to wash her hands before she got anywhere near a real kitchen if this album is anything to go by. The perv.
  6. While Elliott's lyrics have always been racy, this disc's uninspired musical foundation makes repellent lines... vulgar rather than playfully profane. [8 Jul 2005, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Jul 3, 2014
    10
    One hell of a rocking LP for 2005, and stands strong as a definitive Hip Hop album. Missy Elliot really does overdo it with cheeky lyrics, great mixes from Timberland, and characteristic featuring artists starting with Mike Jones and ending at M.I.A. Expand
  2. Aug 7, 2013
    7
    It is definitely enjoyable, all Missy Elliot is enjoyable, but some of these songs get on my nerves. But, great concept in the music and hip hop and rap fans will definitely enjoy. Expand

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