Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott – Supa Dupa Fly (1997)
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Call me Mr. Fussypants.
I complain when:
a. An artist is TOO self-absorbed
If you are truly the bee’s knees, stop telling me, I already know!
b. An artist is TOO generous
If you have too many guest spots, too many producer/entourage name checks, for Pete’s sake, tell me more about yourself, that’s why I bought your CD!
So how can you possibly win?
Answer: Be like Missy.
Though she was occasionally guilty of both of the above on Supa Dupa Fly, these complaints are more than offset by her excellence in the following areas:
a. The Supa Dupa Fly tunes hold up remarkably well
If it weren’t for Beep Me 911′s lyric about calling someone on a cell phone (who uses a phone as a phone in 2016!), I’d have no idea when this album was released.
b. She is a Master of the semi-flattering insult
“My style is supa dupa fly and yours is so so.”
I’m not sure who’s on the receiving end of this Pass Da Blunt song-ending zinger but it’s a devastatingly effective closing statement.
If she’d said, “your style is stupid,” or some equally juvenile variation on an extreme point of view, it’s not a credible insult, it just feels like uninformed name-calling.
But, because she says “yours is so so,” it feels like she’s listened, contemplated, and delivered a lukewarm review.
Which is so much more vicious as there’s no comeback for tepid praise!
c. She is Grateful & Humble
The closing track, Missy’s Farewell, is a 24-second track of spoken appreciation to those who helped make her debut album possible.
In the album liner notes, she included personalized thank yous as well, as shown below:
The final text in the above photo provides the contact info for the MISSY ELLIOTT FAN CLUB.
So I suppose I should address this review to the attention of Louise C. West.
Based on the strength of Supa Dupa Fly (and Under Construction), if the Missy Fan Club is still a going concern, Louise, please sign me up!
Verbalize the Positive
Not that an excuse should ever be needed for doing something constructive, but in light of recent events in the country I’m currently visiting musically, I want to start doing a better job of verbalizing the positive.
So for the foreseeable future, I’m going to try to wrap up my posts with a quick compliment to a fellow blogger.
On that note, a Verbalize the Positive tip of the hat to The Guitar Train – I appreciate your niceness disclaimer on your homepage!